Milford youth softball player earns spot on Northeast regional team

MILFORD – Mya Jones has only been playing softball for three years.

But the 10-year-old Milford native, who plays for the Delaware Express out of Felton, is already one of the east region’s elite players. Literally.

Milford's Mya Jones was named an All-American Top-Performer. (Special to the Milford Chronicle)

Milford’s Mya Jones was named an All-American Top-Performer. (Special to the Milford Chronicle)

Jones, in early May, was selected as an All-American Top-Performer at the USA Elite Select 10U tryouts in Quakertown, Pa. She also made the organization’s 10U Northeast team, which is scheduled to compete in the All-American games from July 13-16 in Orlando, Fla.

“I just went out there and played softball,” said Jones, adding that she “loves everything” about the sport. “I wasn’t nervous.”

Her mother, Danielle Jones, wasn’t quite as internally calm as young Mya. While never doubting her daughter’s talent – “(Mya’s) really good, very athletic,” Ms. Jones said – she wasn’t sure what to expect at the tryouts.

“One day I saw the (USA Elite) posting on Facebook and I think she is pretty good,” Ms. Jones said. “But she’s my daughter. We went to see what college scouts and coaches think of her talent.”

Evidentially those coaches thought Ms. Jones’ evaluation was an understatement.

Tryouts for the team were also held in Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Connecticut, and involved more than 100 attendees. Of those, after watching the athletes for five hours of hitting and defensive drills, just 15 were selected to play for the Northeast team.

“You can’t even put the feeling into words,” Ms. Jones said of her reaction to Mya’s invitation to join the squad in Florida. “Not only did she make the team, she was selected as a ‘top-performer’ for her specific location.”

On the field, Mya plays shortstop and third base. She also pitches and can suit up as a catcher. Her favorite of those positions is shortstop, “because you are always moving, even if it’s just backing up at second or third.”

“I like traveling and meeting new girls, playing against different teams in Delaware,” Mya added. “I’m really excited because I’m going to get to play near Disney World.”

Although she began playing softball at seven, Mya did take some time off from the game because she was a little burned out after playing it so often and always being on the go. After about half a year, however, she was ready to return to the field.

“She said to me ‘mom, I think I want to go back to softball,’” Ms. Jones said of her daughter’s return to the field. “I know she enjoys it.”

Ms. Jones, though, isn’t counting on the sport to help Mya get into college. For the current North Georgetown Elementary student – she will attend Holy Cross School in Dover for junior high – it is academics first.

“Without doing well academically, she doesn’t play,” Ms. Jones said. “She’s an ‘A’ student though. Just an all-around great kid.”

From the Milford Chronicle Sports Desk

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