Monroe’s Ford bound for James Madison

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Jessica Ford is joining a big-time softball program.


But for the William Monroe senior, it wasn’t so much about wins, though they didn’t hurt. It was about feel at James Madison.


“The campus, the coaches and the girls on the team made it feel like home,” Ford said. “It’s my home away from home.”


Ford, an All-Northwestern District shortstop, signed with the Dukes Wednesday. She’ll join a hard-hitting squad that led the nation in home runs per game and qualified for the NCAA Tournament where they won their first regional game before falling to host Tennessee in the Knoxville regional.


“I can’t wait to be there playing for them,” Ford said.


Ford has some experience as part of a hard-hitting lineup as William Monroe made life tough on opposing teams the last couple of years in the batter’s box. The Dragons should be in solid shape with a roster that’s back largely in tact.   


“Our pitching staff is all younger and they’re just getting better and better,” Ford said. “This year I think we have another good run in us.”