DUBLIN —West Bladen softball coach Pam Stephens has been digging into the state record books, and what she found was about what she expected: Abbey Walters, the Lady Knights’ star player who graduated in 2013, can be found in the top 20 of several categories.
“It’s not an easy task to go through those statistics,” Stephens said. “There are 21 pages of them to look through.”
But Stephens’ looking found that Walters is in the top 10 of three categories and in the top 18 of three others.
According to MaxPreps, Walters is No. 6 in the state for her career home-run total of 28; No. 7 in North Carolina for her senior season home-run total of 14 (nine of which were inside-the-park); and No. 8 in the state for her .531 career batting average.
Walters was also No. 16 in the state for her senior season batting average of .609; No. 18 for her senior season of 46 runs batted in; and tied for No. 18 for her 53 hits during her senior season.
“I really can’t say these are all tops in the school (West Bladen), but she is certainly one of the best in school history,” Stephens said.
“She’s just an outstanding player who can’t get enough accolades,” she added. “She’s a real leader, hard worker and has pure talent.”
Walters, a highly-decorated three-sport athlete at West Bladen and the Mountaire Farms/Civitas Media Female Scholar-Athlete for 2012-13, just completed her freshman season playing for Southeastern Community College in Whiteville.
In the pitching circle, Walters finished 4-5 with a 1.42 ERA over 69 innings. She gave up 55 hits, 14 earned runs, 38 walks and fanned 49.
At the plate, Walters hit .410 with 41 hits in 100 plate appearances. She had 14 doubles, three triples and two home runs — along with 27 RBI and three stolen bases.