Tunkhannock Area’s Hope Jones has steadily built a reputation as part of one of the most dominant pitchers in the Wyoming Valley Conference. Jones compiled an overall record of 9-1, with 72.2 inning pitched. She fanned 68 batters over the season, and kept her ERA at a low 1.64. At the plate she finished in the top three of most hitting categories. In recognition of her achievement, Jones has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner Athlete of the Week.
Grade, age, hometown: Junior, 17, Center Moreland
Family: Father Doug, mother Nancy, brother Seth (22), sisters Paige (20) and twin Faith (17)
Other positions in softball: Any of the outfield positions or second base
Other sports I play: Soccer
Athletes I admire: Jackie Trainor and Alicia Acostio
Favorite Movie: “Game Night”
Favorite TV show: “Friends”
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Band/Artist: Ed Sheeran
Favorite school subject: Math
Three people I’d like to have dinner with, dead or alive: Zac Effron, Jennifer Aniston, and Nick Reposa
Biggest Role Model: My parents because they push me to do my best in everything and they are always there for support.
Post-graduation plans: I’m going to Indiana University of Pennsylvania to play softball, but am undecided on what I am going to study.
Superstitions or rituals: Personally, I don’t have any but the team says a prayer and does the same chant before each game.
When did you start playing softball? When I was about six.
Do you play softball outside of the normal school season? Yes, for the TC Tremors Gold Select 18U
Favorite school/field to compete at and why? Home because the hometown support and fans help you stay loose. It is nice to play with that behind you.
What number do you wear? #7
Why? I was randomly assigned it in my first year of coach pitch, then had it for the next year. I just stuck with it, it seemed to work.
What is your favorite sport to watch? College softball
Favorite Pro team? New York Yankees
What is your favorite sports memory? Making it to State Championship game last year.
Are you able to take more risks with your pitches knowing how solid your defense is? To an extent, yes. If something isn’t working and the pitch is a little over the plate-even if it is hit hard- I know my teammates will get to it.
How do you and Kendra Schultz work so well together, forming a 1-2 punch? We both throw different pitches. I move more inside and have speed changes. Hers are more curve and rise balls. It is two different perspectives for batters to face.
At the plate, you are hitting over .400, where does your team benefit most from you? I think defensively more because we have a bunch of big bats in our lineup.
Do you get scouting reports on other teams? A little bit, our coaches try to look at the teams- we all try to look- but I think it’s better not to know what to expect.
How does he team react on the long bus rides? We actually have a pretty quiet bus. Most girls listen to music or sleep. We all have our own seats.
What are you looking forward to most for the remainder of the season? No matter how far we go, I know I will play with this same group next year. We are losing only one senior, so it will be almost the same roster. I know these aren’t the last games we will have together, our chemistry is going to only get better. It is something to look forward to.