W. Curt Vincent Editor
June 30, 2014
DUBLIN — Weeks after the 2014 high-school softball season came to a close in Bladen County, the lady Knights of West Bladen High continue to garner accolades for their individual achievements.
Topping the list is the North Carolina Softball Coaches Association’s Class 2-A Player of the Year award for District 4, which went to Taylor Stephens, a third baseman for the Lady Knights who graduated in June.
Stephens batted .500 for the season, scored 34 runs and was a perfect 31-for-31 in stolen bases for West Bladen, which finished 10-4 in the Four County Conference and 20-5 overall.
The NCSCA also tabbed West Bladen pitcher Nicole Wyatt, a rising senior, as the Class 2-A District 4 Pitcher of the Year.
Wyatt was 20-5 with 193 strikeouts over 159.1 innings, had a 0.83 earned run average and twirled 11 shutouts for the Lady Knights. Wyatt was also a formidable hitter for West Bladen, batting .360 with 18 RBI.
Also named to the Class 2-A All-District 4 team by the NCSCA from West Bladen were: first baseman Courtney Thompson; second baseman Josie Ludlum; and shortstop Morgan Sweeney.
Four County Conference
Two West Bladen players and two East Bladen players were named to the All-Four County Conference team.
Leading the way was West Bladen’s Wyatt, who was named the Four County Conference’s Most Valuable Player.
Also selected from West Bladen was Stephens, who was tabbed for the conference’s first team.
East Bladen had two Lady Eagles placed on the all-conference team in catcher Lexi Dawson and outfielder/pitcher Lacey Suggs.
Dawson, a rising senior, hit .500 with seven doubles, a pair of triples and 15 RBI. Suggs, a rising junior, hit .439 with six doubles, two triples and 25 runs scored. She also swiped 25 bases for East Bladen.
The Wilmington Star-News recently reached into Bladen County to choose two Lady Knights for All-Area accolades.
Wyatt was named to the All-Area First team, and Stephens was chosen for the All-Area Second team.