The N.C. Softball Coaches Association has released its all-state teams and 19 area players were named to the lists. Two of those players – Clayton’s Nicole Bond and North Johnston’s Lauren Batten – picked up regional pitcher of the year honors.
Bond was the 4A East Pitcher of the Year. The Northwestern University recruit led the Comets into the state playoffs for the past four years. The Comets were 15-5 this spring and reached the third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A playoffs.
She was 15-4 with 213 strikeouts and an 0.72 ERA. She had more than 800 strikeouts in her career.
Batten led North Johnston to a top-10 national ranking during the season and was 15-0 with a 0.52 ERA with 141 strikeouts in 80 innings of work. The four-year Panther standout will play at the University of North Carolina next spring.
North Johnston had eight players named the to 2A all-state team: Jamie Johnson, Kaylynn Batten, Caroline Turner, Meredith Johnson, Taylor Adams, Olivia Narron, Olivia Stewart and Lauren Batten. Corinth Holders’ standouts Nella Chamblee, Kelsie Hocutt and Kristina Neal were also named to the 2A all-state team.
South Johnston, which advanced to the eastern regional semifinals, placed Katlyn Johnson and Kayla Allen on the 3A team. Cleveland’s Brittany Bucklin also made the 3A team.
Four Garner players joined Bond on the 4A all-state team: Kelsey Bryan, Alyssa D’Arco, Brooke Kamphuis and Lauren Marbrey.
Harris to Presbyterian College: Three-sport Clayton High School standout Jenna Harris verbally committed to play softball at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., last weekend. Harris plays volleyball, basketball and softball for the Comets.
Harris is a rising senior catcher for Clayton.
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