The North Carolina Softball Coaches Association (NCSCA) released its 2015 N.C. All-State Team and 15 players from Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties received postseason accolades.
Trask had four players selected to the All-State Team after posting a 20-4 record this spring. Desire Brown hit .484, with seven RBIs and seven stolen bases as a junior, while A.J. Johnson went 4-1 in the circle after making eight starts on the stripe. In 30 at-bats, Taylor Rivenburgh smacked five doubles and batted .500.
In the 2A classification, Preston Ellenburg, Kasey Klutz, Jessie Williams and Kaylynn Batten helped guide North Brunswick to an 18-6 mark as the East Central Conference Champions.
Klutz and Ellenburg had standout senior years as both athletes will take their talents to the college level. Ellenburg finished with a .517 batting average, seven doubles and 20 runs batted in. Klutz hit 16 doubles, with three triples and three home runs. Williams made All-State as a freshman after posting a 7-2 record, with a 1.72 ERA.
The Topsail softball team advanced to the 3A East Regional this season and clinched the Mideastern Conference Championship. The Pirates were 20-8 overall and 11-1 in league play under the direction of first-year coach Jay Abston.
Four Wilmington standouts from three different schools rounded out the list of local ballplayers to make All-State.
Schae Dickson was a standout for Coach Chip Adams at Ashley High School for four years, while Aleah Thompson and Brooke Benton propelled Hoggard to a successful season in the split 3A/4A Mideastern Conference. Thompson was a .344 hitter, with 16 RBIs as a junior. Benton hit .333 as a sophomore and led the team in putouts.
Laney’s Princess Jenkins hit nine doubles during her sophomore campaign and finished with a .362 average.
Area All-State selections
- 1A- Trask: Desire Brown, Kyra Holmes, A.J. Johnson, Taylor Rivenburgh
- 2A- North Brunswick: Preston Ellenburg, Kasey Klutz, Jessi Williams, Kaylynn Batten
- 3A- Topsail: Danielle Parks, Keri White, Victoria Elder, Hayley Grizzle
- 4A- Ashley: Schae Dickson; Hoggard: Aleah Thompson, Brooke Benton; Laney: Princess Jenkins
For the complete All-State list as released by the NCSCA, visit www.ncfastpitch.org.