First-half leaders for spring sports

By DONNELL COLEY
Sports editor
Posted 4/4/22

Naming the area's top individual performers through the first half of the spring sports season.

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First-half leaders for spring sports

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The following statistics are taken from teams that uploaded them to maxpreps.com.

With most spring sports teams reaching the halfway mark of their respective seasons, it’s an appropriate juncture to see which area athletes have consistently turned in standout performances.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the best baseball, softball and girls soccer players.

BASEBALL

Batting average*

Ross Stevens (Triton) – .609

The junior first baseman is seeing the ball better than any Record area player for the 9-3 Hawks. He also boasts a .719 on-base percentage and has had a hit in all but two games.

Caleb Hamacher (Overhills) – .550

Dalton Ausley (Central) – .520

Home Runs*

Anthony Jones (Triton) – 4

One of the most feared long-ball hitters in the area, the junior catcher swings for the fences often. Jones hit two homers against Overhills on March 7 and has homered in each of the last two wins.

John McLamb (Midway) – 2

Wins

Reid Miller (CFCA) – 4-0

The senior ace has led the Eagles to their best start in a decade and has given up just 10 hits and 10 walks all season.

Walker Thornton (Hobbton) – 2-0

Nate Smith (Midway) – 2-0

Strikeouts

Reid Miller (CFCA) – 42

Zach Hooper (Western) – 37

Nate Smith (Midway) – 36

SOFTBALL

Batting average*

Mariah Bell (CFCA) – .674

The University of Mount Olive commit has enjoyed a stellar senior season for the 10-3 Lady Eagles. Bell has had a hit in every contest so far and opened the 2022 campaign with five base knocks against Fayetteville Christian Academy on Feb. 22.

Gracie Byrd (Triton) – .556

Lauren Faulkner (Central) – .517

Home runs*

Kennedy Byrd (South) – 5

The hard-hitting senior is charging the Quad County Conference-leading South (10-1, 5-0 QCC) team.

She earned Daily Record Player of the Week honors for her four-hit, seven-RBI performance against C.B. Aycock on March 22 in which she also smacked two homers. 

Cailee Ray (CFCA) – 3

Kimah Warren (Triton) – 3 

Wins

Kacey Fulcher (Central)– 6-1

The Lady Trojans’ sophomore ace has a 2.10 ERA and just eight walks in 36 2/3 innings pitched. In the 17-5 win over in-county rival Western Harnett on March 11, she posted no hits, no runs and just two walks through 4 1/3 innings.

Aubree Bass (Triton) – 6-3

Kennedy Byrd (South) – 5-1

Strikeouts

Aubree Bass (Triton) – 66

The Lady Hawks sophomore already has double-digit punchouts in four games, including a season-high 12 at Midway on March 4.

Kennedy Byrd (South) – 58

Katie Neel (Western) – 53

*Must have at least 20 plate appearances

GIRLS SOCCER

Goals scored

Nicole Hernandez (Hobbton) – 16

The shifty forward has Hobbton (8-1-1) in contention for a Carolina Conference title. She’s found the net in all but one game and has finished with a hat trick on two occasions.

Ava Hollingsworth (Central) – 15

Emily Parker (Central) – 15

Assists

Ava Hollingsworth (Central) – 18

The Lady Trojans veteran is proving to be the area’s top playmaker, posting multi-assist games five times.

She had a season-high four assists in the March 15 win over Westover.

Emily Parker (Central) – 6

Kate Cochran (Triton) – 6

Emma Stanley (Triton) – 6

Saves

Nicole House (Triton) – 59

The Lady Hawks junior battled through early injuries and has been a steadying force between the pipes. House has had five or more saves in all but three games and finished with a career-high 13 against Terry Sanford on March 25.

Erin Creeder (Overhills) – 52

Donnell Coley can be reached at dcoley@mydailyrecord.com or 910-230-2040.

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