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Richmond lands 4 on All-District team; Lampley, Way earn second-straight top honors

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Richmond had four softball players named to the 2019 NCSCA All-District 4 team, with two earning the top two individual accolades. Richmond had four softball players named to the 2019 NCSCA All-District 4 team, with two earning the top two individual accolades. Michelle Parrish — The Richmond Observer.

ROCKINGHAM — Like it does every summer, the North Carolina Softball Coaches Association released it All-District teams late last week. And for the second year in a row, the Richmond Senior High School softball program saw the top two accolades occupied by Lady Raiders.

A total of four Richmond players were selected to the 2019 4A All-District 4 team, which covers Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson and Scotland counties.

Making the general roster were seniors Savannah Lampley, Taylor Parrish and Greyson Way, along with junior Kayla Hawkins. Lampley and Way saw their names up in lights for the second straight summer, as both repeated as District 4’s “Player of the Year” and “Pitcher of the Year,” respectively.

It was the first career selections for Parrish and Hawkins, while Lampley and Way capped their high school careers with their impressive fourth selections, sweeping the slate on the All-District team.

“We are happy to see these four girls represent Richmond softball as All-District selections,” veteran head coach Wendy Wallace said. “Each of these players had a tremendous season and contributed to the success of our program.”

The four Lady Raiders were also named to the All-Sandhills Athletic Conference team following the 2019 season. Richmond finished the year 25-3, and won both the regular-season and SAC tournament championships this spring. The conference crown made it Richmond’s seventh-straight title.

The District 4 team is comprised of 27 players, and all but three players came from the SAC. Two were from South View High School (Mia Ayers and Danielle Golcher) and one came from Holly Springs High School (Arianna Kutcha). 

The other 24 players were spread out across five teams, with SAC opponents Jack Britt, Lumberton and Purnell Swett high schools each earning six selections.

Aside from Richmond’s four picks, Pinecrest High School had two players named to this year’s team.

Impressively enough, all of Richmond’s selections are either signed or verbally committed to play college softball. Lampley (UNC-Wilmington), Parrish (Pfeiffer University) and Way (UNC-Greensboro) will leave for their freshman seasons later this summer, while Hawkins verbally committed to play at Coker College last June.

“It’s no surprise that Savannah and Greyson were named Player and Pitcher of the Year,” Wallace commented. “They have consistently proven that they are two of the best players in our conference, district and throughout the state of North Carolina.

“Both girls have produced offensively and defensively every night,” she added. “UNCW and UNCG are getting two excellent players who play the game the right way. I’m so proud of all of our girls.”

Lampley earns second-straight “Player of the Year” honor

Lampley closed the book on her career at Richmond with another solid season at shortstop. The left-handed leadoff batter proved to be one of the most consistent players on both sides of the ball during her senior season, leading the state in two offensive categories: runs scored (48) and stolen bases (37). It was also the second-straight year she led the state in those categories.

Her .462 batting average and 27 RBIs proved to help the Lady Raiders throughout the season, while she added four homers at the plate. At shortstop, Lampley recorded a perfect fielding percentage her senior year, making outs on all 67 of her total chances.

“Being selected the 4A District 4 Player of the Year for the second year in a row means a lot to me,” the future Seahawk said. “I believe it shows that I didn’t sit back and just go through the motions my senior year. I continued working hard like I always have, if not harder.

“Now that high school is over and I’m about to go to college, I have been working on new techniques I will need at the college level,” Lampley added. “I’m really excited to spend time with my new teammates and play some ball.”

Way earns second-straight “Pitcher of the Year” honor

Being named District 4’s “Pitcher of the Year” made it Way’s second individual honor this postseason, coming after being named the SAC’s “Co-Pitcher of the Year.” She recorded 24 of Richmond’s 25 wins from the circle, which was first in the state according to Maxpreps.com. Way struck out 219 batters and recorded a 2.01 earned run average, both being among the top marks in the state.

Another highlight of her final season was setting Richmond’s all-time program home run record with 40 career dingers. Way hit .347 her senior year with 29 runs batted in, 26 total hits and 24 runs scored.

“It means a lot to me to finish out my career at Richmond with my second Pitcher of the Year recognition,” Way commented. “But I couldn’t have done it without my amazing catcher (Hawkins) and my teammates who had my back day in and day out.

“Once I get to UNCG, I have to put all of my past accomplishments behind me and work to get as much playing time as I can so I can succeed,” the future Spartan added. “I’m most looking forward to meeting new people, becoming close friends with my team and spending time around my coaches and teammates while working toward the same goals.”

Parrish caps high school career with first All-District selection

Perhaps having the most explosive year of any Lady Raider this spring was Parrish, who saw her bat find the ball for a club-high and career-high 13 home runs. She also bested her previous RBI record, bringing in 49 RBIs, which also served as the highest on the team. Those marks, according to Maxpreps, were second and fourth in the state, respectively.

Parrish’s bat stayed hot for the majority of the season, finishing her final campaign with a .467 batting average. She led Richmond in total hits (42), and had a team-high 26 extra-base hits. Her 13 doubles were fourth overall in the state, all while learning a new position at first base.

“It means a lot to me to be selected because I worked really hard this season to prepare,” Parrish said. “I just went on the field and played my game and did the things I could control while playing. I got mentally tougher, and this was a goal of mine since getting moved up to varsity in 10th grade.

“I’m super excited to be spending the next four years at Pfeiffer,” the soon-to-be Falcon said. “Coach Sherrill is expecting a lot out of me and I’ve been working hard since school ball ended. I’ve been staying active and going to Evolution Health Club and working on hitting and pitching. My goal is to win a National Championship at Pfeiffer.”

Hawkins earns first All-District selection ahead of senior season

Hawkins saw herself move from first base to catcher this season and caught all but a couple of innings due to illness. Her bat was her most obvious contribution, batting .325 with 24 hits, 26 RBIs, six homers and five doubles, while crossing home plate safely 27 times.

Her work behind the plate didn’t put up flashy stats, but she worked well with Way to form a solid battery. Hawkins brought the big stick in a couple of clutch moments this year, hitting an RBI double in the SAC tournament championship game and a home run in the Beach Diamond Invitational title game.

“This is a great honor to be recognized on the All-District team,” Hawkins said. “I try to give 110 percent in every game for my team. Teamwork was very important in helping us try to achieve our goals.

“I’m playing travel ball again this summer and fall season,” she noted of preparing for her senior year. “I’ll continue with my drills to improve my batting average and defense. I’m going to work hard to be the best I can be.”

The NCSCA will release its 2019 All-State team in the coming weeks. ROSports will report on it when it’s announced. 

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