Clover athlete cherishes softball career

genegraham@comporium.netJune 4, 2013 

— Mike Jackson, a three-sport athlete at Clover High School in the mid-’70s and now a member of the Tri-State Softball Hall of Fame, is a modest guy with cherished memories of his athletic career.

The former Blue Eagle quarterback was an all-conference selection in football, basketball and baseball.

“I was a quarterback under former Clover head football coaches Bill Lowe and Jack Turpin,” Jackson said. “They had a great influence on my life.”

Jackson’s adult softball career is legendary in the Palmetto State, culminating with his induction into the Tri-State Softball Hall of Fame this year. The Tri-State Hall of Fame includes elite softball players from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

While attending Wofford College in Spartanburg, Jackson played baseball and basketball and earned best defensive player honors in baseball his senior year. After graduating in 1982, he joined the Gaffney City League.

“I was blessed to be able to play adult softball with great teams and great players,” said Jackson.

He helped lead his team, the Raiders, to the C class USSSA state championship, batting .549 in a 148-game season.

After two years with the Raiders, Jackson played for Carolina Roofing and Siding, batting .818 and gaining MVP honors after leading the team to the National Softball Association’s C state tournament title.

The following season, the Clover native earned MVP in two NSA regional tournaments and leads his team to the U.S. Specialty Sports Association state tournament championship.

Jackson’s assault on opposing pitchers continued when he played for Kenda Knit. His new team won the Amateur Softball Association state championship and Jackson was named to the all-state team.

In 1989, Jackson played for the Clover Church of God team in the NSA Church World Series at Rock Hill’s Cherry Park and was named tournament MVP, hitting safely in 34 of 51 at-bats and scoring 22 runs.

It’s no wonder Jackson ended up in a three-state Hall of Fame. Softball icons belong there.

“I’ve been blessed,” he said.

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