While the present was full, the future seems bright on the immediate area’s high school softball field.
That is the case as all but three of the total of eight players with Mooresville ties for All-State softball status has at least one more season of prep-level eligibility remaining.
Membership to the All-State teams within each of the state’s four classifications was announced earlier this week by the North Carolina Softball Coaches Association. Local-based products were among the ones assigned to fill positions on both the 4A class and 1A class crews.
Of the ones so selected to be so honored, one by far stands ahead of the crowd.
Mooresville freshman Ellie Goins, who served as an infielder –primarily at shortstop – as well as a designated hitter at times for the Blue Devils, has been saluted as the NCSCA’s 4A class Player of the Year.
Goins headlines a cast of five players named from Mooresville to also merit All-State attention. Also from the team’s roster, seniors Jentri Meadows and Mariah Pearson are reunited with junior class teammates Hailey Lane and Kali Morton.
Meanwhile, at the state’s 1A class level, the trio of Pine Lake Prep players senior Sarah Sweitzer and freshmen Reagin Luby and Ashley Marchitelli represent the Pride as All-State picks.
Goins stacked her stat sheet full during her first full season of varsity-level play. Primarily batting at the clean-up spot in the order, she connected at a .493 average while delivering 10 home runs and accounting for 35 runs batted in.
Goins also secured Player of the Year honors within the NCSCA’s District VII while additionally being named the Statesville Record & Landmark’s Softball Player of the Year to help headline the All-Iredell County squad.
Goins was also named to the All-I-Meck Conference team. She also most recently was accorded membership to the MaxPreps Freshman All-American Softball Team.
Mooresville’s Pearson was named to the All-State team as an outfielder, while classmate Meadows made the team as a catcher. From the junior class, Morton made the roster as a pitcher while Lane earned her stripes as an infielder.
Pine Lake’s Sweitzer received 1A All-State stature as an outfielder to cap her senior season. The Pride’s Luby was recognized as an All-State shortstop while fellow freshman Marchitelli was named as a third baseman.