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Greyson Way: The Official Richmond County Female Athlete of the Week

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Junior Greyson Way has been named the Official Richmond County Female Athlete of the Week. Junior Greyson Way has been named the Official Richmond County Female Athlete of the Week. Contributed photo.

ROCKINGHAM – Greyson Way, a junior pitcher on the Richmond Senior High School softball team, has been named the Official Richmond County Female Athlete of the Week presented by McNair Auto Sales.

Way, who has been deemed as the team’s “ace” pitcher this season, has helped the Lady Raiders off to a solid 2-1 start on the 2018 campaign. With the team’s end goal being to win the program’s first state title, Way’s two-way efforts on the mound and at the plate in two games last week against Purnell Swett High School have earned her this week’s recognition.  

 

 Athletic Profile

Name: Greyson Way

Age: 16

Year: Junior

Spring Sport: Softball

Position: Pitcher

Years on Varsity: 3 Years

Height & Weight: 5’-9”, 180 pounds

Experience: 10 Years

RSHS Academics: Nearly three-quarters of the way through her junior year at Richmond, Way is looking to complete her career cluster courses by semester’s end. Initially in the health sciences cluster, Way switched to the Richmond Community College cluster and is currently taking English 111 and History 132 at the college. Way said it’s a great way to “earn college credits” for when she graduates in 2019.

Rocking an impressive 4.3 GPA, Way is also taking Honors English III with Ms. Ravenscroft, Honors Sports Marketing II with Mr. Ramsey and Weight Training with softball assistant coach Shellie Wimpey. 

“My favorite class is Mr. Ramsey’s,” Way commented in a sit-down interview. “His class is a lot of fun and he’s a good teacher. He knows how to get us involved with learning.”

RSHS Sports: Like many featured Official Richmond County Athletes of the Week, Way is a three-sport athlete at Richmond. During the fall season, she played tennis for her dad, head coach and physical education teacher Mike Way. This past year, she alternated as the Lady Raiders’ No. 3 and No. 4 singles player, while consistently pairing with fellow junior and former Athlete of the Week Jayana Nicholson as the No. 2 doubles duo.

This past winter, Richmond had its inaugural swimming season, and Way was a part of a third-place Lady Raiders swim team. While it took the team some time to find its pacing in the pool, Way was a key contributor to several events. Individually, Way participated in the 50-yard freestyle, and competed as a member of the 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard medley and 400-yard medley relay teams. 

RSHS Extracurriculars: Even as she’s involved with sports year-round, Way has found the time to participate in Richmond’s Beta Club. She first joined in middle school as a sixth grader, and was inducted into the high school’s club as a freshman. Because of her responsibilities with Beta Club, Way often volunteers her time to different organizations around the community. In the coming week, Way will help out with Camp Haven, a grief camp at Freedom Baptist Church hosted by Richmond County Hospice for youth who have lost an older loved one.

“I also like to do general volunteering, too,” Way commented. “I’ve helped out at Our Daily Bread (a local food ministry) with my grandma through her church.”

Another organization that Way will become a part of during her senior year is the National Honor Society, a nationwide group that looks to grow and recognize outstanding students. 

Hobbies: Most of Way’s free time revolves around the sport of softball. As her No. 1 sport, she’s constantly trying to get better. She spends a lot of time fine-tuning her skills even after practice and in the off-season – hitting at a local indoor facility, finessing her pitching skills and fielding ground balls.

Other things Way enjoys doing in her down time are playing pickup tennis, hanging out with friends and going to the beach in the summer.

Interesting Fact: While she’s built an impressive resume as only a junior at Richmond, currently leading the program’s all-time home run record with 23, Way has actually won a world series title. In 2012, the summer before her sixth-grade year, Way played on the North Carolina 10-U team that won the Dixie Softball World Series.

The team defeated Georgia in the championship. Way noted that there were several of her current Lady Raider teammates on that team, including sophomores Jadyn Johnson and Madison Jordan and freshman Paige Ransom. Other local players to win the title include Marlboro Academy softball players Jenna Greene, Regan Liles and Savannah Barber.

College Aspirations: On July 17, 2017, Way verbally committed to attend and play softball for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

“I remember the date because it’s the same as my (jersey) number,” Way said with a smile. “I just love the campus and I got to meet some of the players. And the coaches were so welcoming, so I knew it was the right choice.”

When Way reports as a part of the 2019 recruiting class, she’ll play for Janelle Breneman, who is currently in her sixth season as the Lady Spartans’ head coach. Way is excited to play for UNCG because she says Breneman has “helped turn the program around” and made it bigger and better.

While she still has some time to decide what she’d like to major in, Way is currently interested in the therapeutic recreation program, with hopes of obtaining a master’s degree in occupational therapy.

Mentors: For her mentors, Way chose her parents, Mike and Mica Way. Both teachers in Richmond County, Way says her parents have “always pushed her to be a better person and player” and have “never missed” any of her games or softball tournaments.

She added that her parents encourage her to be better every day in the classroom and carry that over to the softball field and other aspects of her life. 

Player of the Week Stats: In two games last week against Sandhills Athletic Conference opponent Purnell Swett, Way pitched both complete games, as the Lady Raiders mercy-ruled them twice in five innings. Offensively, Richmond plated 28 runs in those 10 innings, and Way impressively only allowed three total runs.

During the first game last Thursday, Way tossed five innings and collected nine strikeouts, while only allowing three Lady Rams hits in an 11-1 win for Richmond. Way led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a towering solo shot over the left field fence, her first of the season. An inning later, Way added her second RBI of the night when she singled home Savannah Lampley on a long fly ball to right field. 

During Friday night’s action on the road at Purnell Swett, Way dominated on the mound and drove in four RBIs in the team’s 17-2 victory. Way again pitched all five innings, this time striking out eight batters and giving up two earned runs on four hits. At the plate, Way finished off a nine-run first inning with a two-RBI double to right field. She also had an RBI single in the third inning, and a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

On the year, Way is tied with Brianna Baysek for the team lead in batting average with .444, and leads the Lady Raiders with six RBIs. Her record on the mound is 2-1, and she’s got a cool 2.06 ERA.

You’ve pitched three games now at the varsity level. Describe how it feels to be the “ace” pitcher and how you’re able to work opposing batters into favorable counts?

“It feels good to pitch this season,” Way said, explaining that her first two years saw limited pitching time because of upperclassmen. “I’ve always pitched since I was younger. I usually like to throw the first pitch on the inside corner and jam batters.

“I look to get ahead (in the count),” she continued. “If I’m struggling, Owen (Bowers) can set up outside. I can use my curveball, or a rise ball in an 0-2 count.”

Not only do you pitch well, but you hit the long ball and lead the program with 23 career home runs. How are you able to see the ball so well at the plate to be a true two-way player?

“Working hard outside of practice,” Way noted when explaining how she continues to get better. “I’ll come to the building and hit after practice with Savannah, Owen and some of the other players. I try to work on my timing and seeing the ball.

“And my dad will catch for me while I work on my pitching,” she added. “I’m always practicing.”

Coach’s Corner: Richmond head coach Wendy Wallace noted that Way’s selection is a direct result of her performance on the field over the past two games, but also because of her efforts in the classroom.

“Greyson went 4-for-6 in the series against Purnell Swett,” Wallace said. “She collected 17 strikeouts while only giving up seven hits and one walk. She works hard on and off the field. She is a model student and leads by example within our school.

“We expect a solid performance from her every game,” the head coach continued. “She’s consistent and does a great job on both sides of the game, and has been a consistent mainstay as a part of our offensive game.  She does a great job transitioning within the game from one job to the other, and works hard to be successful as a hitter and a pitcher.”

 

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