Lumberton and Purnell Swett well represented on All-Region team

By: Staff report

LUMBERTON — Twelve Robeson County softball players were named to the North Carolina Softball Coaches Association 2018 All-District team.

The twelve players were divided evenly between Lumberton and Purnell Swett. Both teams reached the second round of the NCHSAA State Championship this year.

Lumberton’s Madison Canady, Kasey West, LeeAnn Nobles, Erin Maynor, Rachel O’Neil and Morgan Britt were selected to the team. Those players held six of the seven highest batting averages for the Lady Pirates this season.

Purnell Swett sent JaiLeana Deese, Madison Strickland, Kaitlyn Hunt, Magan Barton, Nakyra Mitchell and Katlyn Jones to the All-District team.

Canady, the county’s player of the year, led the way for the Lady Pirates with a .477 batting average. She had 42 RBIs and hit 10 home runs.

West was consistent with the bat and behind the plate as Lumberton’s catcher. She batted .437 with 21 RBIs and caught 12 baserunners stealing on 19 attempts.

Nobles was one of the team’s most powerful hitters, logging seven home runs while batting .402 with with 31 RBIs.

Maynor registered 15 extra-base hits to go along with a .420 batting average. She had 27 RBIs and posted a .777 slugging percentage.

O’Neil hit .344 with 23 runs scored while starting in the outfield for the Lady Pirates. She drove in eight runs and had two triples.

Britt pitched and played second base for Lumberton. In the circle, she posted a 3.75 ERA in 93 1/3 innings. At the plate, Britt hit .375 with 24 RBIs and six home runs.

Deese earned county pitcher of the year honors after posting a 2.68 ERA in 22 appearances for Purnell Swett. She struck out 95 batters in just under 110 innings while also batting .406 with 22 runs scored.

Strickland registered a team-best .449 batting average for the Lady Rams and had 26 RBIs. She also hit four home runs.

Hunt drew the second-most walks on the team with 11 while holding down the hot corner for the Lady Rams. She batted .420 with 23 RBIs and two home runs.

Barton hit .371 at the plate this season. She collected 15 RBIs to go along with a triple and a home run.

Mitchell swiped a team-high 15 bases this season and hit .377 with a pair of doubles. She also scored 26 runs, the highest total on the team.

Jones anchored Purnell Swett’s defense as the starting catcher and batted .333 with 14 RBIs and four doubles. She scored nine runs.

Staff report