Jordan Deep was always clutch at the plate for Buford.
Sometimes it was a long home run. Other times, it was a slap hit through the middle. And other times, Buford’s senior would put the ball into play to get a runner home from third base.
“Jordan was just an RBI machine,” said Buford coach Tony Wolfe. “Home runs, base hits and driving in the runner from third base.
“She’s great at getting the ball into play.”
As a result of her remarkable consistency at the plate, Deep is leaving Buford with a number of school records, including career hits (173), home runs (30) and total bases (315). In 2014, Deep powered Buford’s eighth straight state championship with 49 hits, a .462 batting average and eight home runs. This season, the Georgia Tech signee also had a 15-game hitting streak with 53 RBIs.
For her efforts, Deep is The Times Softball Player of the Year.
Wolfe said Deep was bound to be successful with her constant competitive streak. She said she wants to win, no matter what it is. Deep was influenced in her team-first mentality, learning the game from former Buford greats, such as Lexi Overstreet (who now plays at Tennessee) and Kallie Case (Alabama).
It’s easy to understand then why four state championships is Deep’s favorite high school accomplishment.
“Playing with girls like Lexi and Kallie, I saw how they always put the team first in everything they did,” Deep said.
Deep is also a cheerleader for the basketball programs at Buford. As a freshman, she placed 12th in the state in the discus throw.
Each softball season, Deep was just as strong at the plate for Buford. She hit seven home runs in both her freshman and sophomore seasons, then eight as a junior and senior.
As a senior, she also knocked 11 doubles and drew 19 walks. Just as important to Wolfe, Deep struck out fewer than 10 times.
“Game in and game out, Jordan had big at bats,” said Wolfe.
However, her home runs will remain in the memory bank of Buford fans for years to come. She hit a clutch solo homer against Walnut Grove this season in the championship round at Columbus.
She also produced a winning home run against Class AAAAAA Lassiter in a 2-1 game early in the season.
“Thinking about those home runs brings a smile to my face,” Deep said.
One of her favorite high school memories was the back-to-back home runs with her best friend Remington Hasty ‘3 or 4 times’ during their Lady Wolves’ career.
Deep has always had a disciplined approach at the plate, according to Wolfe. She said working with former Georgia Tech coach Sharon Perkins, who also recruited her to the school, helped sharpen her batter’s eye. Another part of Deep’s success at the plate is pitch selection.
However, getting the runner across the plate is always priority No. 1 in Deep’s mind.
“Jordan’s just a great team player,” Wolfe said.