Triton softball players earn all-state nods

From staff reports
Posted 7/2/22

Five local athletes were selected to this year’s North Carolina Softball Coaches Association All-State Team, as announced by the organization Friday.

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Triton softball players earn all-state nods

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Five local athletes were selected to this year’s North Carolina Softball Coaches Association All-State Team, as announced by the organization Friday.

Triton’s Aubree Bass, Gracie Byrd, Tristan Ennis, TaKyra McLean and Kimah Warren were each honored as one of the 3A classification’s top players in 2022.

It marked a second consecutive campaign in which the team from Erwin boasted multiple all-state recipients.

McLean, one of three Lady Hawks to make last year’s squad, capped her stellar sophomore season with another nod.

The shifty speedster had team highs with 35 hits, 35 RBIs and a .460 batting average.    

Meanwhile, Bass had big pitching shoes to fill ahead of her second year following the departure of former all-state representative Gracyn Slaughter.

She answered by claiming All American Conference Pitcher of the Year honors, posting a 12-6 record with a league-low 1.86 ERA. The sophomore starter had seven games with 10 or more strikeouts, helping Triton (15-6) to a share of the AAC regular-season championship.

At the plate, she was among the league’s top hitters and run producers, finishing just behind McLean with 34 RBIs.

Backing Bass on the infield was Byrd, who was one of the most reliable two-way players in the area. The Methodist University commit was second on the team with 32 hits and a .427 average to accompany 26 RBIs.

The senior set of Ennis and Warren secured the Lady Hawks’ outfield and helped limit the opposition to just 63 runs through 23 games. 

Ennis, heading to the University of Mount Olive this fall, also led Triton with 32 runs scored while boasting a career-high .415 batting average.

Warren provided clutch moments for the team and had a pair of hits with two RBIs during its first-round win over West Carteret on May 10. She then scored the group’s only run in the 3-1 loss to South Johnston a few days later.

McLean, Bass, and Byrd expect to return next spring for what should be another conference-title contender.

NCSCA member coaches are given the opportunity to nominate players for all-State awards. These awards originate locally as selection committees across the state use their knowledge of area players and teams to finalize honors based on specific information submitted by the players’ coaches.

The selection committees consist of NCSCA members from all four classifications who demonstrate superior knowledge of the game and its participants.

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