HANFORD — As students, administration and family filed in to the Hanford West cafeteria, they all offered their congratulations to the girl of the hour, Jordyn Macias.
The usual dominant blue Huskies colors had been joined by an unfamiliar one — orange. There was a special reason for the color making an appearance on Tuesday.
Macias, a four-year varsity softball player, was sitting at the front with a stoic look on her face, but inside the 17-year-old had a smile that stretched from Hanford to her future school, Boise State.
“Honestly, I am so happy this day came,” Macias, a senior with a 3.84 GPA, said. “I’ve worked so hard for this. I can’t thank my family enough for all the support that they’ve given me. Just a proud moment for everyone that’s been on this journey with me.”
Before her big moment, a couple people came to the front and spoke kind words about her. Softball coach Russ Heffley praised her work ethic, Sierra Pacific principal Darin Parson, who had spent the previous five years as Hanford West’s principal, talked about what a joy it was watching Macias continue to grow and others shared more sentiments.
Then came the moment the 80-plus crowd turned out to see: Macias signed her letter of intent to play softball for Boise State. The infielder/catcher was surrounded by her parents as she put pen to paper to officially become a Bronco.
“I love all the people that came, they’re part of why I committed and why I’m here today,” Macias said.
On Nov. 8, Boise State softball coach Cindy Ball announced the signing of Macias and seven other athletes from California and Washington.
“Jordyn is best described as a quiet thunder on her team, a get the job done ALWAYS [sic] type of ball player,” Ball said on the Boise State website. “With a Team First mentality Jordyn has the ability to play where her team needs her and at a very high level. We expect Jordyn to do great things both offensively and defensively while representing the blue and orange.”
The Division I school is getting one of the best hitters in the West Yosemite League. As a junior, she led the Huskies in batting average (.530), runs (31), RBI (38) and home runs (11). She was second on the team in hits (44) and doubles (10).
In addition, Macias earned Cal-Hi Sports Northern California Softball Player of the Week honors when she capped off an amazing three-game stretch by setting the school record with three home runs in a single game. She finished that amazing game against Ridgeview 4-for-5 with six RBI and a single in addition to her three long shots.
The other two games that earned her player of the week honors she combined to hit 6-for-8 with two home runs, five runs scored and 11 RBI. Performances like this eventually earned her a second team selection on the Cal-Hi Sports All-State underclassmen team as well as a first team All-WYL spot.
Macias’ offensive firepower helped guide her team to a 22-4-1 overall record and a perfect 11-0 in league to finish as the WYL champions. Her versatility is also key as she can play first base, third base and catcher.
“Any time you get a kid that gets to go on to the next level and not only play the game, but pursue an education, to set herself up for the rest of her life, it’s awesome” Heffley said.
When choosing schools, Macias looked at Ole Miss, but quickly settled on Boise State. She did a camp at the university her sophomore year and during a football game, realized it was for her.
“Boise State just felt like home,” Macias said. “The community is so about their school and I just wouldn’t want to spend the next four years anywhere else.”
She’s currently a bit undecided of what she wants to study while at Boise State, but will be studying psychology for now.
As Macias put it, she’s been playing softball since “she could walk” and was introduced to it by her grandfather. He used to watch her while her parents were at work and took her outside, gave her a bat, put down a tee and told her to start hitting. Seems like it worked out pretty well.
“She’s proved that hard work always pays off and so it’s just been amazing to see it all come together,” Bridgette Macias said. “We’ve had great support from the school, from the teachers, the students, so what a day. What do you even say about a day like today?”
Macias still has one more year to try and get her team that Valley championship and is itching at the single-season home run record. The record is 14 in a season and with Macias’ 11 last season, she’s ready to tackle the challenge and the season.
“As a team, the goal is always win WYL, then the dream is to win Valley,” Macias said.