Abi Jones returns for her senior season at Southmoore High School after scoring the game-winning run for the Lady Sabercats last season at the Class 6A state softball championship. Jones entered the bottom of the ninth as a pinch runner with two outs, eventually stealing second and getting into scoring position.
“Riley [Sharp] hit it to right field, and I was the winning run,” Jones said. “It was probably one of the best moments of my life.”
“When I came around third I already knew we won because I could see my team and the other team’s reaction,” she continued. “Touching home plate, hearing the crowd, and being at the bottom of the dog pile was one of the best moments I’ve experienced.”
Jones entered her final season as a second baseman and rotates as one of the pitchers in the circle for the Lady Sabercats. Starting since her freshman year, Jones proved early on to be a reliable utility player after finishing her freshman season starting at multiple positions with just one error.
“Abi does an unbelievable job for us both in the circle and at second base,” coach Jason Lingo said. “She’s a free spirit and is usually smiling, but when she steps onto the field, she is all business and is very focused on what needs to be done.”
“Abi has a great softball IQ,” he continued. “Not only does she always know where she is supposed to be going, but she makes sure everyone around her is on the same page.”
Jones credits her grandmother, Linda, for influencing her as a person off the field.
“She’s really one of the hardest working people I know,” Jones said. “She’s genuine, kind, and taught me how to treat people even when you’re down.”