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Southland softball talent Jenna Gibson continues to prepare for summer season with Oklahoma Athletics

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Southland junior Jenna Gibson deliver a pitch for the Oklahoma Athletics in 2019.

Southland junior softball standout Jenna Gibson is preparing for softball season in a much different way this spring.

Gibson now finds herself spending countless hours at indoor training facilities since high school softball season and school was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ive always been able to devote time to softball, said Gibson, who recently committed to play softball at the University of Memphis. But now Im getting more quality reps than ever before because I dont have seven hours of classes at school or practices after school. Last year I was probably only spending one or two hours a day getting individual reps. Today, I probably got three or four hours in at Ultimate Sports.

Gibson also finds herself using the latest technologies to make sure she is training correctly. She recently purchased the Blast Softball Swing Analyzer. The device, which attaches to a bat, provides sensor-based swing analysis with auto-edited video clips in a mobile application.

You connect it to the end of your bat and it gives you all of your batting statistics, she said. Its really useful. You can tell your bat speed and if your early connection is bad. Ive been participating in weekly challenges with that.

Gibson hopes to return to the diamond when the Oklahoma Athletics Softball Academy begins its summer season. The Athletics were scheduled to begin their season in mid-March but have postponed their opener until at least mid-May due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The facilities in Oklahoma are shut down right now, Gibson said. But they are sending us workout routines. Normally I wake up about 9 a.m. and go with a couple friends to Ultimate Sports in Kennett and follow the workout routine the Oklahoma Athletics send each day.

Gibson, who has played travel softball in 15 states against teams from at least 28 states, continues her workout routines with the hope she will be able to resume activities with the Athletics in May or June.

We are supposed to play in Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, California, and Texas, she said. We are supposed to play in some big events like the PGF Nationals and Colorado Sparkler.

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