Grading Out: Pam Pack squads rolling early on
Published 6:14 pm Monday, March 19, 2018
No school has had a stronger start to the spring than Washington. Baseball, softball and soccer have all been playing at an elite level early on.
It’s an encouraging sign as the Pam Pack teams — as well as most others in Beaufort County — began conference competition last week. Washington baseball knocked off a North Lenoir team that hadn’t lost a league game since 2015, and the Lady Pack remains undefeated to begin the year.
Washington’s soccer team bulldozed all of its competition last week, too.
Elsewhere, Southside softball also extended its undefeated start.
Here are last week’s standouts:
LILLY FRANCES LOBOS, WASHINGTON
Washington’s girls’ soccer team won its first two games in the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference and its last three in a row. The Lady Pack made a stretch of three games in three days look easy in winning all by a combined score of 24-2.
Freshman Lilly Frances Lobos was a big reason why. She had six goals and assisted on two others in Washington’s 11-2 win over Greene Central to begin the three-game week. She had a hat trick and two more assists in Friday’s 9-0 romping of North Lenoir.
ALYSSA MCLAWHORN, SOUTHSIDE
Southside softball has won its first four games this season — including its first two 1-A Coastal Plains outings — and Alyssa McLawhorn has a lot to do with it. The junior pitcher did as well to neutralize offenses as she did spearheading the Lady Seahawks’ scoring.
She was 4-for-4 with three runs and two RBI in Friday’s 18-7 whooping of Pamlico County. She also accounted for two runs in a 7-3 win in Southside’s league opener against Tarboro. Defensively, McLawhorn allowed only three earned runs between the two games.
COOPER ANDERSON, WASHINGTON
Cooper Anderson made big plays on the offensive and defensive ends of Friday’s 3-2 win over North Lenoir. His efforts helped Washington hand the Hawks their first 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference loss since May 2015.
The Pam Pack senior laced a two-RBI knock through the left side that allowed Chris Sulc and Frederick Holscher to score, trying the game at 2-2 in the fourth. Anderson later gunned down a North Lenoir base runner trying to steal second base.
MADISON BRADDY, NORTHSIDE
Sophomore Madison Braddy has been asked to take on more responsibility with senior Rebekah Williams recovering from injury. She’s done everything in her power to put Northside in position to win. It finished last week 1-1 in a pair of one-run decisions.
Braddy was tagged for two earned runs in a 5-4 loss to Bear Grass. She bounced back in a five-inning relief effort Friday at Bertie. She allowed just one hit and no earned runs in a 5-4 win. Her double also plated Whitney Cromwell for the deciding run.
JORDAN PRESCOTT, WASHINGTON
While a freshman teammate was scoring left and right last week, senior Jordan Prescott continued to be as steady as anyone on the Lady Pack’s club. She had a pair of hat tricks last week in home wins over Northside-Jacksonville and North Lenoir.
The senior striker also chipped in with two goals and an assist at Greene Central. She and Lobos are tied for the team lead with 15 goals apiece. The three-game winning streak Prescott has helped build will give Washington some momentum heading into four-straight road games.
ABBI TUCKER, WASHINGTON
Washington’s softball team extended a perfect start with a 10-0 walloping of North Lenoir Friday. Plenty of players — especially a number of the Lady Pack seniors — have stepped up in each of the five wins, but few have dazzled like sophomore pitcher Abbi Tucker.
Tucker masterminded three-straight shutout wins. She struck out 31 batters in three games last week. At the plate, Tucker was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run in a 12-0 win at Greene Central. She also scored three runs between wins over Northern Nash and North Lenoir.