Postseason honors continue for Stanly softball standouts

Published 10:25 am Friday, June 28, 2019

This week, a number of softball players representing Stanly County Schools received recognition from various sources including recruiting website and the North Carolina Softball Coaches Association (NCSCA).

A total of 11 athletes, including two from West, six from South and three from North Stanly, received All-State honors while others were named to the All-District teams.

The NCSCA District 6 includes schools from Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties.

West Stanly

The postseason honors for Colts softball pitching phenom Jordan Hatch continued this week.

A verbal commit to Duke University, Hatch was named to the 2019 MaxPreps Sophomore All-American Team after going 26-1 on the mound with a 0.53 earned-run average and 348 strikeouts in 170 innings pitched to 33 walks. She allowed 63 hits this season.

Hatch was also named by the NCSCA as the 2A All-State-West Pitcher of the year and the All-Region 6 Pitcher of the Year for 2A

On receiving the All-American honors, Hatch said it “means so mcuh to me because only a small amount of people from the entire country win this honor.”

Hatch said the honor “is very special for myself and the team because it shows how all of our hard work paid off.”

Her teammate, third baseman Shelby Barbee, received top honors as the 2A All-State and All-Region 6 Player of the Year. The Colts sophomore hit .488 for the season with 14 home runs and 43 RBIs.

West senior catcher Rosalyn McRae (.374 avg., 6 HR, 25 RBIs) and Ashlyn Hughes (.329 avg., 2 HR, 15 RBI) were both named All-Region.

South Stanly

Shortstop Kaitlyn Tucker led a number of Rebel Bulls who were honored by the state coaches association. The South junior and leadoff hitter (.569 avg., .622 OBP, 25) RBIs who is committed to Presbyterian was named the All-District 6 1A Player of the Year and was named All-State.

Tucker said winning Player of the Year “means a lot to me and it just shows how hard the team and myself work to achieve our goals.”

Also earning All-State and All-District honors were three juniors including third baseman Adrianna Efird (.420 avg., 14 RBIs), catcher Mattie Hinson (.423 avg., 18 RBIs) and second baseman Huntley Rummage (.426 avg., 26 RBIs). Two sophomores earned All-State and All-District nods: pitcher Sadie Lee (19-3, 1.54 ERA) and designated player Holly Barrier (.389 avg., 27 RBIs).

Adison Campbell, who played center field and was a utility player for the Bulls, was named All-District.

North Stanly

Three Comets were named to both the All-District and All-State teams, including senior catcher Mimi Selke (.530 avg., 11 RBIs) and two juniors: pitcher Merris Talbert (11-4, 1.15 ERA) and center fielder Payton Landis (.486 avg., 21 RBIs).

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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