Leave it to Leavitt on the diamond

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Jenna Leavitt in her wind-up, looking to deliver a strike.

Dakotah Zabroski

Opposing teams offenses know it will be a tough day for them when they have to face Los Medanos College right-handed ace Jenna Leavitt.

Leavitt sports the number 10 and has posted a 2.71 ERA, and can keep the Mustangs in any game they play in.

She is a tough competitor and her head coach Tim Griffith describes her as “like the energizer bunny,” as in she keeps on going and doesn’t quit.

When pitching Leavitt said she is accurate most of the time and her mindset is to “try to not the little things bother me.”

Not only is she an excellent pitcher, but she can swing the bat with force as well and has a .329 batting average.

In high school baseball, she had a designated hitter so she had to adjust quickly and hit at the Junior college level.

“She is phenomenal, she went from the bottom of the order to the two spot,” said Griffith.

Even her teammates have noticed her skill development.

“Her bat has gotten strong, she gets on base a lot,” said teammate Gianna Fredenburg.

Leavitt has enjoyed success in high school, and her favorite memory comes from when she played for the Concord High School Minutemen. “My favorite memory is pitching in the NCS championship and winning it last year in high school,” said Leavitt

Leavitt’s favorite memory of this season, just recently happened when she and her team beat Diablo Valley College in both games of a double header.

“We came out and were surprised on how well we were doing,” said Leavitt. “It was a big win for coach because he had coaching experience at DVC.”

The Mustangs have suffered numerous losses, but Leavitt never let that get to her head.

“Even though there was a lot of losses she didn’t lose her effort, she has given everything,” said Griffith.

Leavitt started playing softball at a young age and has loved it ever since. Her family has been there for her and have been supportive since she began playing.

“I’ve played since I was eight, my brother got me into it, ever since then I loved to play,” said Leavitt.

Her family are her role models, but all for different reasons.

Leavitt’s brother is the reason she started playing, her grandfather works hard and still plays softball. Her mother is dedicated and tries to go all the games, while her father coach ed her in softball.

The stand-out pitcher played high school volleyball, but at LMC only plays softball. She originally planned on being done with softball when she graduated, but Griffith had a different idea. “I wasn’t going to play at LMC, Tim got me back out here,” said Leavitt.

Although Leavitt admits that it takes up a lot of her time, she would not change a thing. “I’m happy with it, I missed it, I don’t regret playing.”

The hurler had to overcome two wrist surgeries on her throwing arm but yet she has still shined on the mound. Leavitt admits that it affected her curve ball, her pitches lost movement, and that her wrist gets stiff sometimes.

The pitcher played on and “overcame it with practice,” said Leavitt. One can see why Griffith compared her to the energizer bunny.

When Leavitt is pitching for the day, the Mustangs have extreme confidence in her. “She’s going to be strong on the mound,” said Fredenburg.

Leavitt has several pitches but she said that her screwball is her best pitch. “It curves inside and jams all the batters.”

Griffith thinks her best asset on the mound is her control. “She has utter command of the inside, she can break bats, has intense speed and inside movement. It’s rare that anyone can hit the ball out of the infield, those translate to wins,” said Griffith.

Number ten can perform both and off and off the field. Griffith describes her as “one of the brightest futures as a student athlete.”

She plans to major in biology and ever since she was five she wanted to become a vet because of her love for animals. On top of that, she claims to have around a 3.5 GPA.

If she got an offer she would like to play softball at a school close by like UC Davis or even as far as UC San Diego.

She enjoys hanging out with friends when she’s not on the field and has a favorable personality.

“She’s funny, has a good personality, and is easy to get along with,” said Fredenburg.

Leavitt plans to come back next year and be a key to next year’s success. Griffith is excited to have her at the helms and is looking forward to the next season, especially with the other key players that are coming back.

Leavitt looks to finish the season strong and “just go out there and try my best, stay positive, give it my all and leave everything out on the field.