LUMBERTON — Five Robeson County softball players earned all-state honors from the North Carolina Softball Coaches Association on Tuesday.
Three of the five will return next season after productive junior seasons. All five players came from Lumberton or Purnell Swett as a part of the 4A all-state team. For Lumberton, Madison Canady, LeeAnn Nobles and Kasey West were selected, while JaiLeana Deese and Madison Strickland were named from Purnell Swett.
As Robeson County Player of the Year, Canady 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.
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.
In total, 13 players were named all-state from the Sandhills Athletic Conference. Richmond’s Savannah Lampley was named the 4A East’s Player of the Year, while teammate Greyson Way was named the 4A East’s Pitcher of the Year.