ROCKINGHAM — The outcome of Friday’s game may not have been what the Lady Raider softball team wanted it to be, but it didn’t stop three senior players from shining.
Ahead of the Lady Raiders’ 4-1 loss to Lee County High School, this year’s trio of soon-to-be graduates was recognized for its contributions to the program.
Quston Leviner, Makayla Parks and Macy Steen made a trip around the bases in a special ceremony.
Public address announcer Biggie Lyerly introduced each player and shared favorite memories and future plans for all three players.
Each Lady Raider senior met her family members at first base, walked to second and third base to be greeted by assistant coach Andy Shuler and head coach Mike Way, before ending at home with the rest of the team.
Behind the dugout, individual displays of photos, home run balls and other memorabilia were set up for the seniors.
Leviner and Steen have been four-year varsity players, starting their careers during the 2020 pandemic-shortened season. Parks joined the Lady Raiders as a junior after transferring from Marlboro Academy.
During Friday’s game, Leviner recorded Richmond’s only run with a solo blast to left-center to tie the game 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth. Steen also had a single.
Leviner (Greensboro College) and Parks (Pfeiffer University) will play at the college level, while Steen will pursue nursing at East Carolina University.
Below are photos of Friday’s senior night, taken by sports editor Kyle Pillar.