Watson among pitching leaders|Knox still swinging a hot bat

Published 10:53 am Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sports Editor

Charity Watson continues to impress in her first season of college softball.
Watson, a former star at Washington High School, is a freshman pitcher with the Pitt Community Bulldogs. She was named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Pitcher of the Week for her performance last week.
Watson earned three wins last week, not allowing an earned run and giving up just three hits in 18 innings of work. She struck out 35 and walked seven.
In a doubleheader sweep of Louisburg, Watson allowed just two hits and struck out 19 in 12 innings of work. The freshman followed that up pitching a one-hitter, striking out 16 of the 19 batters she faced in an 8-0 nod over Southeastern College.
She is 21-4 with a 0.48 ERA this season. Watson has fanned 307 and walked 84 in 173 2/3 innings. She has allowed just 53 hits in 32 games.
She is tied for sixth in ERA among NJCAA Division I pitchers, and is tied for second among those pitchers who have worked at least 70 innings.
Her 307 strikeouts is tops among Division I pitchers.
Watson is averaging 1.77 strikeouts per inning, which ranks second in the nation.
Meredith Knox is wrapping up her softball career in style.
Knox, a former standout at Washington High School, is playing with the Anderson Trojans.
Knox is hitting .414 with nine home runs and 30 RBIs. The senior has 10 doubles and one triple among her 48 hits. Knox has scored a team-high 38 runs and stolen six bases.
Amanda Beirne, a former star at Northside High school, is playing at Meredith.
Beirne is 7-6 with a 1.81 ERA this season. The win total ranks first on the team. The freshman has fanned 81 and walked 28 in 81 1/3 innings.
Beirne is hitting .219 (7 for 32). One of her hits went for a double. Beirne has knocked in three runs and scored twice.
Nicole Jordan, a former star at Jamesville High School, is playing with the East Carolina Lady Pirates.
Jordan is hitting .240 (6 for 25) this season. The senior has one home run, two doubles, has knocked in three runs and scored eight times.
Frey, a former standout at Jamesville High School, is playing at Pitt Community College.
She is hitting .236 (13 for 55) this season. One of her hits went for a triple. She has scored 18 runs and has 10 RBIs. Frey has also stolen three bases.
Donecia Ebron, a former standout at Northside High School, is playing at Fayetteville.
Ebron is hitting .162 (6 for 37) on the season. She has hit one triple, driven in five and scored 11 runs.
Brinkley Johnson, a former standout at Pungo, is playing at Pfeiffer.
The freshman is 0 for 1 with two runs scored this season. She has one stolen base and four putouts.
Trent Whitehead, a former star at Washington High School, is playing at East Carolina.
The junior leadoff batter is hitting .313 with one home run and 17 RBIs. Whitehead has eight doubles among his 41 hits. The hit total is second highest on the Pirates.
Whitehead has scored 32 runs and has seven stolen bases.
Styron Barfield, a former standout at Williamston High School, is playing at Elizabeth City State University.
Barfield is 2-5 with a 5.26 ERA this year. He has fanned 33 and walked 28 in 53 innings.
Brandon Thomas, a former standout at Washington High School, is playing with the College of Albemarle Dolphins.
Thomas has pitched two innings of one-hit ball. He has also played some at first base, and is 0 for 2 at the plate.
Daniel Oliver, a freshman pitcher/first baseman out of Plymouth, is playing with the St. Andrews Knights.
Oliver is hitting .323 with three home runs and 24 RBIs. He has 11 doubles and one triple among his 50 hits.
Damien Wilkins, a Washington native, is playing with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Wilkins is averaging 5.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.8 steals per game.
Elton Coffield, a former standout at Williamston High School, is playing for the BSW Sixers in Germany.
Coffield is averaging 19.8 points, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game.
Joseph Barber, a former standout at Terra Ceia, is playing for CS Energia Rovinari in Romania.
Barber is averaging 7.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.4 steals per game.
Ralph Biggs, a former star at Washington High school, is playing for Krasnie Krilya Samara in Russia.
Biggs is averaging 7.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.9 steals per game.