Local softball standouts earn postseason honors at Mount Olive, St. Augustine’s

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With the spring sports season all but wrapped up heading into summer, two local softball standouts were recently honored for their contributions at the college level.

Madison Johnston. Photo courtesy- Mt. Olive Athletics
Madison Johnston. Photo courtesy Mt. Olive Athletics.

Pitcher Madison Johnston earned second team honors as University of Mount Olive placed two players on the 2015 NCCSIA College Division All-State Softball Team. The All-State Team was voted on by members of the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association.

A junior right-hander from Laney High School, Johnston was the 2015 Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Year, becoming the first Trojan to win the award. She recorded a 12-game winning streak in 2015 on her way to a 15-6 record. She ranked second in the conference in wins and her 2.63 earned run average was the third lowest in the conference.

Mount Olive posted a 29-20 record in 2015 and finished second in the Conference Carolinas standings with a 13-5 mark.

Catcher Jo’Landa White of Saint Augustine’s University was named to the Capital One Division II Academic All-District 2 Team, which was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

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White performed on the field and in the classroom during her four-year career in Raleigh. A human performance and wellness major, she has a 3.82 cumulative grade point average. She graduated on May 16.

JoLanda White. Photo courtesy- St. Augustines Athletics
JoLanda White. Photo courtesy St. Augustines Athletics
The SAU scholar-athlete hit 28 home runs during her career. She helped lead the Lady Falcons to the CIAA softball title with 22 RBIs this season as St. Augustine’s, which was second-most on the team. White hit .313 and smacked three home runs as a senior.
After clinching the program’s first conference title since 1991, the Falcons secured its first ever NCAA Division II appearance and finished the year 22-15 overall.
Daja White, Jo’Landa’s younger sister, hit .390 as a junior and made Second-Team All-Conference.