Cornhusker State Games 2022 Mystery Torchlighter Revealed

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) — Jordy Bahl, a key member of the University of Oklahoma’s 2022 NCAA National Championship softball team and the 2022 NFCA National Softball Rookie of the Year, was introduced Friday night as the mysterious torch from the 2022 Cornhusker State Games.

The Papillion, Nebraska native, who just a year ago won the 2021 Gatorade National High School Softball Player of the Year, took a spin around Seacrest Field before lighting the CSG cauldron. The lighting of the cauldron was a highlight of the opening ceremonies of the 38th annual multi-sport festival. More than 10,000 athletes of all ages and abilities are registered to compete, primarily over the next two weekends.

In the Games’ long tradition of honoring outstanding sporting achievement with the role of Torchligher, Bahl was the perfect choice according to Games Executive Director Dave Mlnarik.

“Jordy’s success in softball as a youth and high school player here in Nebraska, and now, as a varsity national champion in Oklahoma, is a tribute to her incredible work ethic and leadership ability. It is difficult to find an example, in any sport, of such total dominance at all levels. We are truly honored to have her come back and light the cauldron,” Mlnarik said.

Bahl finished his phenomenal freshman season with a 22-2 pitching record, including a win in the national championship game over Texas despite an arm injury late in the regular season. She had 205 strikeouts and a 1.09 ERA in 141 innings pitched. His victories included a solo perfect game, a solo no-hitter, and three more team no-hitters.

While at Papillion-LaVista High School, Bahl led the Monarchs to the Nebraska State High School Championships three of her four seasons, including undefeated seasons in 2019 and 2020. She finished her career with a record 95- 3 in high school, an earned run average of 0.63. and 978 strikeouts in 523 innings pitched. In 2021, just prior to leaving for OU, Bahl’s Nebraska Gold Travel Team became the first Nebraska team to win a PGF National Championship.

The lighting of the cauldron came towards the end of the ceremonies which also included skydivers, fireworks, an ax throwing world record attempt and a freestyle motocross demonstration by X-Games veterans Scott Murray, Logan Allan and Scotty Miller.

This weekend is the busiest competition weekend of the Games with 37 different sports taking place on Saturday and Sunday. More information, including Opening Ceremonies details and competition schedules, can be found at

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