Shattuck’s Tegan Jones – Character Counts Presented by Jess Wales Chevrolet

By John Tranchina

As a freshman in the 2017 season, Tegan Jones earned a spot in the starting lineup for the Shattuck fast-pitch softball team and learned from a talented group of seniors that helped show her how it was done. They even won the Class A state championship that year.

Now, as Jones is about to head into her junior season, the Indians’ starting short stop is taking on more of a leadership role, and has those lessons she absorbed as a freshman to guide her on how to conduct herself.

“I used to be an underclassman and I had the upperclassmen show me how to act and show me what to do and what it’s like to be a leader, so now that it’s my turn, it made it a lot easier for me to just show girls that it’s okay to mess up,” said Jones, who didn’t start playing softball until she moved to Shattuck for seventh grade. “You just got to keep trying, keep going, because softball is a mental sport. You can never get down on yourself, or the next play, you’re probably not going to make. The senior class (in 2017), they were just amazing leaders and it was just really cool to look up to people like that.”

Getting an opportunity to play, and contribute to, a state champion that year – Shattuck also won the slow-pitch state tournament in the spring of 2018 – was also an experience that made a major impression on Jones.

“As a freshman, I was honestly terrified, but with having the seniors out there being so confident, it made me want to be confident, too, so that really helped me to calm down and just play softball,” she said. “It was an amazing experience. I’m so glad I got to experience that as a freshman, because that kind of got my nerves out. It was crazy-crazy.”

After the fast-pitch team went 32-5 and reached the Class A state quarterfinals last year, Jones has been busy working hard this summer to get better for the upcoming season.

“At Shattuck, we actually have what they call ‘Summer Pride,’ so every morning, we wake up at 7:30 and we lift weights, we do training, try to get faster,” said Jones, who also plays basketball at Shattuck. “And then after that, I will stay and hit and do some stuff with the coach, try to get my arm stronger, my bat speed faster, hit the ball hard. Shattuck’s just big on being better and doing better things.

“The coaches at Shattuck push you extremely hard and that’s why we have great outcomes, I think.”