ROCKINGHAM — The accolades continue to roll in for Bri Baysek, Savannah Lampley and Greyson Way, as they all were named to the recently released 2018 North Carolina Softball Coaches Association 4A All-State Team.
Both Lampley and Way, rising seniors, are now two-time selections and also took home two of the state’s biggest individual honors. Lampley was tabbed East Player of the Year while Way took home the East’s Pitcher of the Year honor.
Baysek, who recently graduated, received her first-ever all-state nod.
The announcement comes almost a week after all three Lady Raiders — as well as teammates Owen Bowers and Paige Ransom — were named to the 4A All-District 4 Team. Lampley and Way won the same awards on the district level.
“All of the girls worked hard all year throughout the season and in the offseason to get better. It’s great to see them recognized for their hard work,” Richmond head coach Wendy Wallace said.
The all-state trio helped the Richmond softball team to a 25-4 overall record, its third consecutive regular-season conference title, a No. 1 overall seed in the state playoffs, and its second straight appearance in the Western Regional Finals.
Baysek, who played the outfield, finished her senior campaign with 42 hits, 32 runs batted in, 10 doubles and seven home runs — her last dinger of the season being the two-runner she hit against Lumberton in the conference tournament semifinal game. She batted .412 on the year with a .482 on-base percentage and a .745 slugging percentage.
Lampley, a shortstop, recorded 53 hits, 36 stolen bases, 29 RBI, 17 doubles and four home runs as a junior. Her .535 batting average was the highest on the team and she scored more runs (56) than anyone else in the state. Lampley, who has already committed to UNC-Wilmington, also racked up 29 put outs, 27 assists and a .933 fielding percentage.
Way, the team’s ace, earned 24 wins and 252 strikeouts — both the second most in the state — during her first year inside the circle on the varsity level. She gave up 49 earned runs on 121 hits in 177.1 innings. The future UNC-Greensboro Spartan also pitched two no-hitters this past season: versus Pinecrest early in the regular season (Mar. 13) and against Hickory Ridge in the fourth round of the state playoffs (May 19).
As a batter, Way was first on the team with 41 RBI, second on the team with 43 hits, and fifth with eight home runs.
“It continues to help us build a tradition of excellence,” Wallace said of her players’ all-state selections.
In total, 13 players from the Sandhills Athletic Conference made the 4A All-State Team.
Jack Britt — the 2018 NCHSAA 4A State Champions — placed Kassady Hardee, Carlie Myrtle, Savannah Roddey and Rayven Shepard on the squad, while Lumberton had Madison Canady, LeAnn Nobles and Kasey West. Purnell Swett was represented by JaiLeana Deese and Madison Strickland, and Hoke County saw Alexis Blackwell get her first selection.
Mooresville’s Joelle Davis and Ruthie Jackson won the West’s Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.
For a full list of every classifications’ All-State Team and award winners, visit www.ncfastpitch.org.
The Richmond softball team placed three players on the 2018 4A All-State Team. Bri Baysek received her first-ever all-state nod while rising seniors Savannah Lampley and Greyson Way were recognized for the second year in a row. Lampley was tabbed East Player of the Year while Way took home the East’s Pitcher of the Year honor.
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