Jenna Johnson, daughter of Heather and Keith Johnson, is this week’s Jet’s Pizza female Athlete of the Week.
She is a junior at Page High School and a member of the softball team.
Johnson plays the position of center field for the team. She holds a .625 batting average, .681 on base percentage, 1.25 slugging percentage, and has 23 runs and 15 RBIs.
Johnson said that one of her highlights so far this season was hitting back to back home runs at a Chattanooga tournament.
Johnson said she started playing softball at the age of five after her parents encouraged her to join a recreational team.
When asked what inspires her to train and compete she said, “I love the game, I want to play in the College World Series and win the National Championship at Alabama… so I’m going to do everything I can right now to prepare for that.”
One of her biggest role models and influences is softball player, Haylie McCleney. McCleney played for Alabama and “broke about every record possible” according to Johnson. She said she looks up to her because McCleney was also a center fielder and plays the game in a way that Johnson admires.
PHS Softball Coach Dawn Hale said of Johnson:
Jenna has really had an amazing start to her junior year. She has worked hard all off season and its really showing. Her stats really speak for themselves. However, the best thing so far for me as her coach is seeing the maturity build from year to year. She is becoming such a studier of the game and really striving for perfection. She is also a tremendous leader both on and off of the field. The younger girls looks to her every day and she is great to them. I know Jenna will have a great year and I’m looking forward to seeing it unfold.
After graduating next year, Johnson is committed to playing for the University of Alabama. She hopes to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner.