Jordan Dixon's two older sisters won a state softball championship for Edmond North. They remind her of that quite often.
“They wear their rings around me all the time,” Dixon said. “It's more of a motivation for me, though.”
Dixon pitched Edmond North into the Class 6A semifinals Thursday by shutting out Owasso, 2-0, at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium and avenging a loss to the Rams in last year's state tournament.
“I can't say enough about Jordan,” said Jon Hunter, the interim coach for the Huskies as head coach Rick Nordyke has been suspended for the state tournament because Edmond North played too many games this season.
"She has done awesome her senior year,” Hunter said. “She has pitched for us four years. She has a got a lot of state tournament experience. I never had any doubt in her."
That state tournament experience was helpful Thursday as Dixon pitched out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the first inning.
“I rely on my teammates to calm me down so much,” Dixon said. “They have to come in and tell me to calm down, slow down, that everything is OK. I am like the Energizer bunny all of the time.”
Dixon walked two and gave up a single in the first inning but struck out the side. She allowed four hits and fanned 11 in the game.
“I felt a little more in the groove and more comfortable (after the first inning),” Dixon said. “Our defense was making plays.”
The biggest came in the third inning when center fielder Bridget White gunned down an Owasso runner at the plate with a perfect one-hop throw to end the inning.
“It was a big-time play,” Hunter said. “It was a huge momentum swing for us.”
Edmond North scored twice in the third on singles by Kourtney Tanner and Sheridan Bond and an RBI triple by Madison Nordyke.
Owasso appeared to have a rally cooking in the fourth with runners on second and third after left fielder Kenzi Stevens hit an apparent double down the right field line. But the call was reversed and the ball was ruled foul after a long discussion among the umpires.
Dixon then struck out Stevens and Owasso never threatened again. Dixon retired 12 of the final 13 Rams' batters in the game.
She is heading to Marshall University to pitch next season but before then wants a state championship ring to match her sisters' jewelry.
Miranda Dixon pitched for Edmond North's 2004 state title team, and Leslie Dixon was the catcher. Both played for the University of Arkansas.
“She (Miranda) taught me how to throw,” Dixon said. “She taught me everything I know.”
In addition to her sisters, Dixon also has triplet brothers who play football and wrestle for Edmond North.
“The house is always on the go,” she said.