A number of area athletes are considered to be among the hottest prospects to appear on local high school softball fields this spring.
And one of them in particular has been singled out to be the best of the bunch.
Players representing softball programs from Lake Norman and Mooresville were nominated in a number of specific categories as finalists for awards from the Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League.
Following the nomination period, a total of eight players were among the ones set for inclusion on the awards’ honor roll roster.
With Mooresville leading the charge, team members to be included in the crowning ceremony included Hailey Lane, Olivia Marshall, Ellie Goins, Imara Harrell, Brooke Piper and Kali Morton.
From Lake Norman, Linda Moore and Samantha Ladowski made the list.
Mooresville’s Goins, a sophomore gearing up for what will be her second season as a varsity softball player, was the recipient of the Hot Stove League’s Rising Star recognition following her stellar freshman season of play. Goins filled roles as both a starting position player as well as a designated hitter for a Blue Devils team that advanced to within one game of the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 4A class best-of-three games state championship series.
Goins was among a number of area players nominated and the only one of the group to be designated as an award winner.
Others from Mooresville were in the running for various distinctions based on certain categories.
Senior infielder Lane was nominated for the Gamer of the Year recognition.
Senior outfielder Marshall was in the running for the Golden Glove of the Year honor.
Senior outfielder Harrell was among the ones vying for receiving the High School Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Senior Morton was among the candidates seeking to be selected as the High School Pitcher of the Year.
Sophomore Piper was seeking a Rising Star recognition.
Lake Norman accounted for its two players gunning for recognition in the same category.
The Wildcats’ Moore, a sophomore pitcher, as well as Ladowski, a sophomore infielder, each were nominated in the Rising Star competition.
The 13th annual Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League, conducted each preseason, was held at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Charlotte.
The organization annually honors the top softball players in a wide region that includes the counties of Iredell, Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Gaston, Cabarrus, Union and York. A host of categories involving participants at both the high school and middle school levels are included in the awards process.
A similar selection process will also be held this month regarding nominees and winners within the Greater Charlotte Hot Stove League’s baseball edition.