By Juanice Gray, Editor
Do I have a tale about a 14U Premier player from Kentucky!
She and her team, the Mojo, entered the final week of play at Nationals as the favorite in the 14U division. They took everyone’s best shot, and by best, the 90 best teams in the country participated in the tournament, before the Mojo finished unbeaten as the Josh Fisher-led team took home the Premier Girls Fastpitch 14U National Championship.
That was in California.
What’s so interesting about that?
It gets interesting when one learns the player was named MVP of the 14U.
Still not overly interested?
She committed to the University of Georgia as an eighth grader and is the 10th ranked player in the 2022 class.
Maybe the fact that both sets of her grandparents reside in Natchitoches will capture your interest?
She is the granddaughter of Bobby and Terry Hrapmann and Sam and Kim Goodwin.
Now do I have your ear?
That’s right, both grandfathers have extensive careers in sports and are well known in this area. Bobby Hrapmann was one of the greatest baseball players to ever wear the Northwestern State Purple and White 1971-74. He was an All State performer in both baseball and football at Holy Cross High School in New Orleans and quarterbacked them to a State Championship in baseball his senior year. At Northwestern, he was a four-year letterman at shortstop, and held several career and season records for hitting and runs scored. He holds the career record for most games, 151, most at bats, 495, most runs scored, 109, and most hits, 140. He was the 13th player picked in the second round of the major league draft in 1975 and made the All Star teams in the Texas League the following year.
Her other grandfather, Sam Goodwin served as the head football coach at Southern Arkansas University from 1979-80 and at NSU from 1983-99, compiling a career college football coaching record of 111–99–4.
So now lets hear from Shorty.
It would appear Jaydyn “Shorty” Goodwin, who resides in Paris, Ky., with parents Jay and Jana Goodwin, plays for the Tennessee based Mojo simply has talent in her genes. As if her lineage wasn’t enough to impress, her stats will. She batted a team-high .488 with a .512 on-base percentage, 14 runs scored and six stolen bases for the Mojo.
“Winning MVP meant a lot to me mainly because there were so many elite girls playing in PGF, so just the fact that out of all those girls I was picked is really cool. But I couldn’t of got it without my team behind me and everyone else who’s been here for me,” Goodwin said. “Playing with Mojo and being surrounded with girls who love the game just has much as me and have a passion for the game like I do, it changes the game. We all love each other and push each other and more than anything we have each other’s backs.”
Goodwin was the leadoff batter who jumped the Mojo out to a quick lead in the bottom of the 1st inning of the final game. She stole second and then came home on a teammate’s double.
In an excerpt from a California article, her coach said, “Shorty had multiple hits yet again, Keagan (Rothrock) was really good and pitched the whole way and we were just out here trying our best.”
Goodwin has a solid grounding in sports that will open many doors for her future. “My grandfathers are the best there is. They’ve always supported me and I’ve always looked up to them for everything. They help me with everything from softball to my other hobbies,” Goodwin said.
She said besides softball she stays busy between school and other hobbies and maintains a 3.8 GPA that keeps her busy with homework and studying. She also plays basketball and enjoys riding horses.
Shorty Goodwin is quite the well rounded teen, with a solid foundation and a plan for her future already in place.
“Moving forward I will still be with Mojo. We will have four months off and get ready for a few tournaments in the fall. Now I’ll get in the weight room and start getting ready for Bourbon County basketball season. Commitment wise I am still committed to Georgia, although there are many options being thrown around, my eye is still on that G,” she said.