Lampley, Way pick up district’s top individual honors

By: By Leon Hargrove Jr. - Sports Editor
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ROCKINGHAM — Savannah Lampley and Greyson Way winning Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, highlights the North Carolina Softball Coaches Association’s announcement of this year’s 4A All-District 4 Team.

Lampley and Way, both rising seniors, were two of the five Richmond softball players — the same five who were named all-conference earlier this month — who were recognized, again, for their efforts during a historic run Raiders this past season.

Lampley, a shortstop, scored more runs than anyone else in the state (56) and, once again, led the Lady Raiders in hits (53), stolen bases (36) and batting average (.535). She would finish with 29 put outs, 27 assists and a .933 fielding percentage.

Way finished her junior campaign with 24 wins and earned 252 strikeouts — both the second most in the state — and a pair of no-hitters, one coming in the fourth round of the state playoffs. As a batter, Way racked up 43 hits and eight home runs.

It was second straight year that both Lady Raiders made the All-District 4 squad.

Recent graduates Bri Baysek and Owen Bowers and rising sophomore Paige Ransom were the other three Lady Raiders who made the team. They combined for 28 of the team’s 55 home runs — which tied the state record for most in a single season.

Baysek, also making the 4A District 4 team for second time in as many years, was among Richmond’s top five in almost every hitting category: tying for second in triples (2), finishing third in both hits (42) and doubles (10), fourth in batting average (.412) and fifth in home runs (7). She also tied for sixth on the team in runs batted in (32).

Bowers, the Lady Raiders’ only three-time All-District 4 selection, finished her final campaign with 35 RBI on 31 hits and 10 home runs. She had a .378 batting average, a .549 on-base percentage and a .865 slugging percentage. She also tallied a team-high 231 put outs and a .988 fielding percentage as the team’s catcher.

Ransom, right fielder, broke the program record for the most dingers hit by a freshman (11), finished second on the team in both batting average (.473) and runs batted in (38), and recorded 35 hits on the season. She’s a first-time selection.

The District 4 team was dominated by the Sandhills Athletic Conference, as there was only one name on the 27-player roster that didn’t belong to a team in the SAC: Mia Ayers, a rising junior infielder from South View.

Jack Britt — the 2018 NCHSAA 4A state champions — had seven players make the District 4 team, Lumberton and Purnell Swett each had placed six on the team, and Hoke County had two players representing its softball squad.

District 4 consists of 11 counties: Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson and Scotland. For a full list of every All-District Team, visit www.ncfastpitch.org.

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By Leon Hargrove Jr.

Sports Editor

Reach sports editor Leon Hargrove Jr. by phone at 910-817-2673 or by email at [email protected] For stories, scores and updates, follow the Daily Journal’s sports section on Twitter @RCDailySports.

Reach sports editor Leon Hargrove Jr. by phone at 910-817-2673 or by email at [email protected] For stories, scores and updates, follow the Daily Journal’s sports section on Twitter @RCDailySports.