Grading Out: New season off to blazing start
Published 4:48 pm Monday, March 12, 2018
Baseball, softball and soccer are all under way.
Naturally, Mother Nature had her fits, which always seems to plague the early portion of the spring campaigns. Local teams were able to endure the wind and rain to get out on their respective fields for a few games apiece last week.
Washington and Northside baseball each picked up a pair of victories. Lady Pack softball decisively won its first two outings. Southside’s baseball team has struggled, but the Seahawks have been pleasantly surprised with the performance of their sophomore-heavy soccer club.
Here are the standouts from Week 1 of the spring:
LOGAN EVERETTE, WASHINGTON
There was an argument that Logan Everette is the best-kept secret in Beaufort County baseball. The Washington lefty, who committed to Campbell near the end of his sophomore year, dazzled in his first varsity start Friday.
He threw a five-inning no-hitter in the Pam Pack’s 14-0 pummeling of county rival Northside. He totaled nine strikeouts over those five innings. He said his fastball has been topping out at 87 mph, and it sat in the mid-80s on Friday.
SUMMER CAMPBELL, WASHINGTON
Washington’s offense has taken no time to heat up. That’s thanks largely to Summer Campbell, who is 7-of-8 as Washington has started 2-0. Not only is she hitting consistently, she’s hitting hard into gaps.
The Lady Pack junior has five extra-base knocks — three triples and a pair of doubles — in her seven hits. That’s given her five RBI and four runs scored through the first week. Washington will hope for more of the same when it opens 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference play Tuesday at Greene Central.
IYARI MONDRAGON, SOUTHSIDE
Southside opened its season by sweeping its home-and-home series with West Craven. Sophomore Iyari Mondragon has three goals to lead the Lady Seahawks’ contingent of second-year standouts.
Mondragon got the season underway with a goal that trickled in about 19 minutes into the opener. She’s helped Southside to a 2-0 start that has it halfway to matching its win total from all of last season, which was the program’s first.
ABBI TUCKER, WASHINGTON
While Campbell has been dominant at the plate, sophomore pitcher Abbi Tucker has led a Washington defense that’s been stingy early in the season. She didn’t give the defense behind her much to do in the Lady Pack’s 11-0 season-opening win over Havelock. She fanned 17 of the 24 batters she faced.
Tucker has also left her mark on the offense. She scored a pair of runs and batted in two more in Washington’s first two games.
ZACH WOOLARD, NORTHSIDE
Northside began the season with three in a row: wins over Columbia and Bear Grass before stumbling Friday against Washington. The win over the Bears — a former CPC foe — was a marquee early-season win for the Panthers.
Zach Woolard was stellar in his start against Bear Grass. He went five innings, scattering three hits and three walks for one run while striking out seven. It kept Bears after they scored in the first, allowing Northside to emerge with a 3-2 win.