Pam Pack sweep league softball awards

Published 4:47 pm Thursday, June 9, 2022

Washington High School senior Laci Campbell is the Eastern Plains Conference softball player of the year and freshman teammate Emma Orr is the pitcher of the year after a vote of the league head coaches.

Campbell led the league in average and batted .538 overall with 50 hits, 31 RBI and 18 extra baes hits including five triples and a pair of home runs.

The second baseman will join former Division III national champion Virginia Wesleyan in Virginia Beach, Va. in the fall.

The Pack rolled to the conference title with a 12-0 record, went 27-2 for the season and swept South Lenoir for the east title before losing to West Stanly in the 2A state championship series.

Orr had a dominant freshman season with 62 strikeouts in 37.2 conference innings with an 0.74 ERA. She whiffed 190 batters in 142 innings overall.

Five teammates joined them on the All-Conference team, giving the Pack an almost-sweep of the nine starting spots.

“It’s great to have seven players recognized, which doesn’t happen very often,” coach Brad Horton said. “All of them were big contributors to our success and all of them deserved the recognition. They were all solid offensively and defensively and were fantastic all-around players for us. It’s also nice to have four of them back next year.”

Sophomore first baseman Shaelee Chrismon (.417, 20 RBI and eight doubles), junior third baseman-pitcher Erin Everett (.394 in conference games with 10 RBI), junior shortstop Ava Shae Mizell (.409 with a team-high seven home runs and 46 runs scored) and Orr return.

Senior outfielders Morgan Eisenzimmer (.420 with a team-leading 47 runs scored and 34 RBI with four home runs) and Olivia Paszt (.416 with a team-best 33 RBI, seven triples, six doubles and two home runs) also made the squad.

Campbell was named the teams’ offensive player of the year, while Orr was the team MVP. Charli Simons won the coaches award.