Softball

February 25, 2007 

Athletes to watch

MORGAN BARBOUR

Garner, junior

* Trojans shortstop hit .392 in 2006 with 6 home runs, 3 triples and 6 doubles.

ALY BURR

Wake Forest-Rolesville, senior

* Posted an 8-2 record with a 1.29 ERA. Also hit .429 with homers.

AMANDA DAVENPORT

West Johnston, senior

* Struck out 145 hitters and walked 15 in 129 innings to build a 14-3 record.

SARAH JACKSON

Clayton, senior

* 18-6 record in 2006 with 0.49 ERA and 270 of her 816 career strikeouts.

JESSICA NARRON

North Johnston, senior

* Built a 15-6 pitching record with a 1.94 ERA.

RACHEL SAWYER

Chapel Hill, senior

* Tigers shortstop hit .449 in 2006 and has signed with UNC-Wilmington.

BRITTANY SUTTON

Greenville Conley, senior

* Lefty had an 11-2 record with 158 strikeouts, four walks and a 0.41 ERA.

LAUREN TAYLOR

Harnett Central, senior

* N.C. State recruit is among the state's best pitchers.

CHRISTIE THOMAS

Durham Riverside, junior

* Hit .489 and had 8-2 record with a 1.47 ERA as a pitcher.

Teams to watch

BUNN

* Pitchers Ashley Driver and Lyndsey Wilson and shortstop Maghan Place should make defending Northern Carolina 2-A champ hard to beat.

CLAYTON

* Comets pitcher Sarah Jackson may approach 1,000 career strikeouts this season.

CHAPEL HILL

* The return of pitcher Samme Lisowsky (she had moved to Texas, but was 16-3 for the Tigers in 2005) and the return of eight starters make the Tigers a team to beat.

FUQUAY-VARINA

* Nine starters and three pitchers return from a 20-4 club.

GARNER

* The Trojans should have a potent attack and play solid defense.

NORTH JOHNSTON

* The Panthers have won four straight Carolina 1-A titles. Catcher Whitney Parrish hit .449 and sophomore Casey Creech hit .444.

RIVERSIDE

* The Pirates return six starters from an 18-5 team and have outstanding pitching depth with junior Jenn Ladd (9-3, 1.27 ERA) and Christie Thomas (8-2, 1.47).

WEST JOHNSTON

* The Wildcats return nine starters, including shortstop Ashley Fowler (.425), from a 16-7 club.

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