Campbell named player of the year, four make All-State team

Published 7:04 pm Friday, July 8, 2022

The honors continue to roll in for the Washington High School softball players who led the Pack to the east championship and a spot in the 2A title series.

The North Carolina Softball Coaches Association named second baseman Laci Campbell the 2A state player of the year and three teammates joined her on the All-State team.

Along with those four, the coaches chose four more WHS players for the All-District 1 squad.

Campbell led the Pack with a .536 average, 45 runs scored, 32 RBI and 18 extra base hits during a 27-2 season that saw Washington go undefeated until the championship series loss to West Stanly in Chapel Hill. She will play for Virginia Wesleyan in Virginia Beach next season.

Senior Morgan Eisenzimmer (.420, 47 RS, 34 RBI and four HR), junior Ava Shae Mizell (.409, 46 RS, 13 doubles and seven HR) and freshman pitcher Emma Orr (0.64 ERA, 190 strikeouts, .375 average with 30 RBI) joined Campbell on the All-State team.

Senior left fielder Olivia Paszt, juniors Shaelee Chrismon (1B) and Erin Everett (3B) along with freshman catcher Addison Miller made the All-District team.

Orr was named the district’s 2A pitcher of the year.

“We had a great season and the ones who were recognized obviously played a big role,” coach Brad Horton said. “It’s a great accomplishment for Laci to take that to college with her and all of them will remember their awards forever. Our seniors and the other upperclassmen showed the younger ones what it took to be successful and those who didn’t play much are already working so they can contribute more next year. That’s a great legacy for the seniors to leave.”