North, South and West Stokes softball teams qualified for the NCHSAA state playoffs this past season with the Vikings making a fourth round exit when they lost 3-2 to South Stanley at home. North concluded their season 22-4 and the Northwest 1A conference champions. The Sauras surprised Pine Lake and won 7-5 in the first round of the state playoffs despite finishing 2-20 overall. West Stokes completed their year with a record of 18-8 and placed second in the 2A Western Piedmont Athletic Conference behind perennial powerhouse Forbush. The Stokes News along with area high school coaches selected the 2018 softball all-county team.
North Stokes collected eight players as all-county with Northwest co-player of the year Autumn Martin leading the way. Martin was named all-conference and batted .500 with seven homeruns and 36 RBI’s. She was 8-1 on the pitching rubber with 84 strikeouts and a 2.02 ERA. Lenoir Rhyne commit Lora Wood made the team with a .486 batting average and 31 runs scored with 23 RBI’s. Players Allee Boles, Carly Gravely, Sarah McBride, Kelsey Hawkins, Sierra Hubbard, and Reid Hawkins completed the list for the Lady Vikings while making all-conference. Boles batted .458 with 20 RBI’s, while Gravely was .400 with 31 RBI’s, McBride .338 and 19 RBI’s, Hawkins .352 and 29 runs scored, Hubbard .333 with 17 RBI’s and Reid Hawkins .395 with 20 runs scored and 13 RBI’s. Hubbard was 14-2 from the mound with 78 strikeouts and a 1.94 ERA.
The Wildcats added six players to the list. WPAC player of the year MacKenzie Parker led the team with a .493 batting average and eight home runs, 34 runs scored, 42 RBI’s and 16 stolen bases. Pitcher Allison Mabe helped West have one of their most successful seasons in recent years with a 17-8 record from the circle. She batted .365 and had 18 RBI’s from the cleanup spot and was selected all-conference. Also making the all-conference and all-county team from the Lady Cats was freshman Tori Tucker (.438 with 18 RBI’s), Rachel Delcamp (.348 with 16 RBI’s), Hannah Woody (.482 with 19 RBI’s), and Faye Lawson (.366 with 19 RBI’s).
Making the team from the Sauras were Northwest all-conference performers Jessica Joyce, Grace Mabe, Maddie Shore, and Molly Crouse. Joyce led the team with a .325 batting average, while Crouse and Mabe had bright spots from the plate and Shore anchored the defense from the shortstop position.
All three teams will return solid lineups next season with the Vikings only losing one senior, the Sauras two, and the Wildcats four.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.