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Two Lady Raiders repeat on 1A All-State team

Pungo Christian Academy softball teammates Reagan Stoop and Melanie Rutledge were named to the NCISAA All-State team after helping the Lady Raiders to the 1A Final Four.

Stoop, a sophomore pitcher, made it for the third time and Rutledge, her freshman catcher repeated on the first team.

There was no All-State team in 2020 because of COVID-19.

“These two have played on teams together since they were seven,” said PCA coach Leigh Stoop. “They care about the team above all else and both work hard in practice. Melanie has natural power at the plate, while Reagan goes about her business quietly and always tries to improve.”

Stoop led PCA with a .580 average, six home runs, 25 RBI and 23 runs scored during a 12-5-1 season. She was 12-4 on the mound with 112 strikeouts in 87 innings pitched.

Rutledge hit .346 with six doubles, four home runs, a triple and 23 RBI.