Broken Bow’s Chloe James – Player Spotlight Presented by McCurtain County National Bank

By Nick Hampton

She grew up admiring the Women’s College World Series on TV and now in her junior year at Broken Bow, Chloe James is hoping to become one of those players.

“I used to watch them play and liked what they did and I had an aunt who played softball when she was young and her and mom and dad really got me started,” said the likeable Lady Savage. “I think Keilani Ricketts from OU was my favorite. I liked the way she transferred off the mound and had so much power when she pitched and I also liked the way she started her motion.”

Like Ricketts, Chloe has been the ace pitcher for Broken Bow since she was a freshman and she’s starting this season strong with a 3-1 record, 1.7 ERA, and hitting .390 through the first half-dozen games. Her best pitch, she says, is a screwball and a changeup that is getting better and better.

“She’s explosive and fun to watch,” said her coach Jimmie Wyrick. “She’s one of the better players to come through here and we’ve had some pretty good talent over the years. She’s already drawing some interest from college coaches as well.”

Though just a junior, Chloe is one of the more experienced players on the team this year which sports just one starting senior. As a result, she’s taking on more of a leadership role which is new for her.

“She’s always had a pretty good group of seniors around her to learn from so now she’s one of the leaders on this young team,” said Wyrick. “I’d like to see her become a little more vocal but the young players already seem to gravitate towards her.”

James says she knew going into the season that she would need to step up in the leadership department this year.

“Being a leader is a big role bit it’s not hard because I like to help people. The key, I think, is to be able to share your knowledge without being bossy and you have to be able to back up what you tell them by your presence and performance on the field.”

The 2019 season looks to be a challenging one for a program that has made it to the state tournament two of the last three years, falling just short last fall.

“We’re talented but inexperienced,” said Wyrick. “We’ve got six first-year starters so these pups will get a baptism by fire this year. We’ve also had a few injuries we’re just now overcoming but I think we’ll be in the state tournament mix by the end of the season.”

That’s certainly on the mind of James as well.

“My goal for this fast pitch season is to get at least five shutouts and get us back to the state tournament,” said James who also plays basketball and runs track, is in cheerleading and plays on a travel softball team.