Six NJ softball players earn all-state nod

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The hulking rolls of the North Carolina Softball Coaches Association All-State team recently counted six North Johnston High players amongst its membership.

Junior Blayke Batten, senior Lexi Godwin, junior Lindsey Massengill, junior Amberlynn Pearce, senior Jada Santiago and junior Jordyn Scott were named to the 107-player contingent representing the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A ranks.

Scott hit .558 with 33 RBIs and 11 doubles, while Massengill hit at a .516 clip with 38 RBIs. Massengill led North Johnston, which hit .441 as a team, with 18 doubles. Batten hit .495 and was second on the team in home runs with nine, RBIs with 43 and doubles with 13. Pearce was a .398 hitter with 26 RBIs and six homers. In the pitching circle, the right-hander was 19-3 with a 2.20 ERA. Pearce struck out 108 and walked 44 in working 117 2/3 of NJ’s 172 innings. Godwin hit at a .469 clip and had 31 RBIs.

Santiago, who will continue her career at UNC Wilmington, hit .612 on her way to 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Player of the Year honors. She led the league with 14 homers and drove in 62 runs. 

On the NCSCA 2-A All-District 3 team, North Johnston freshman Arial Pearce joined the Lady Panthers’ all-state grouping. Pearce hit .398 with six doubles and 26 RBIs.

Among 3-A players, Southern Nash sophomore Carrigan Ewers was the sole athlete from The Wilson Times readership area to make the All-District 3 list.

Ewers hit .358 with 28 RBIs and seven doubles. In the circle, the right-hander was 13-4 with a 1.56 earned run average.