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New Green Hope softball coach was one of state’s best pitchers

tstevens@newsobserver.comJune 5, 2013 

New Green Hope High softball coach Morgan Caddell was one of state’s top pitchers when she led Kings Mountain to consecutive N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A championships in 2005 and 2006.

Then Morgan Childers, she threw five perfect games, had 22 shutouts and 27 wins in 2006 when she had a 0.04 ERA. She struck out 395 in 184 innings that year.

She had the NCHSAA’s top two strikeout games on the same day when she fanned 24 batters against Southwestern Randolph and 23 against Harnett Central in two seven-inning games in the state playoffs.

She also ranks among the state’s top hitters with 49 RBIs in 2006, including nine in one game.

“You just thumb through the North Carolina record book and she shows up over and over,” said Wayne Bragg, the Green Hope athletics director. “She had an amazing career. I think she is going to be a great asset to us as an English teacher and as a coach.”

Caddell was the pitching coach at Campbell in 2011 and was the junior varsity coach at Holly Springs last year.

She played at USC Upstate and holds the school record for wins, shutouts, strikeouts and saves. Caddell was an Atlantic Sun all-conference pick four times.

Strunk honored: Rick Strunk, an associate commissioner of the NCHSAA, will be presented with a National Federation of State High Schools Association citation during the Federation’s national meeting in Denver, Colo.

The NCHSAA and other state associations throughout the country are members of the Federation.

The NFHS citation is one of the highest awards given by the Federation.

It honors individuals who have made major contributions to high school athletics.

Strunk works with communications for the NCHSAA and is well-known nationally for his contributions on the national level in records and as emcee of many Federation events.

Green Hope soccer: Green Hope has won back-to-back NCHSAA 4A boys’ soccer championships, but will have its third coach in three years in the fall.

Andrew Chadwick resigned after being the national boys’ high school soccer coach of the year in 2011. Richard Huxford resigned after the Falcons’ 2-0 victory against Charlotte Myers Park for the repeat championship.

Ravens recruit: Ravenscroft senior Zane Laughery has committed to play soccer at High Point. He led Ravenscroft in goals and assists in 2012.

Baseball finals: Three of the four NCHSAA baseball championship series went three games this year. South Mecklenburg rallied in Games 2 and 3 to beat Fuquay-Varina 2-1 and 7-4 after dropping the first 4A game 3-2.

Weddington outscored Greenville Conley 17-14 in the deciding 3A game after the teams split the first two games 12-5 and 6-7.

Midway stopped South Stanly 16-12 in the second 1A game after losing the opener 3-0. South Stanly won the title with a 14-12 victory.

Monroe Piedmont swept North Brunswick 9-3 and 9-8 in 2A.

Softball finals: Alexander Central and West Stanly swept their best-of-3 series against Wake Forest-Rolesville and South Granville, respectively.

Alexander Central won the 4A with 10-5 and 10-2 victories. West Stanly stopped South Granville 8-5 and 4-3 in 2A.

Greenville Conley defeated Concord Robinson 6-4 and 12-7 to win in 3A after dropping the first game 4-2 in eight innings.

West Wilkes won the 1A title by topping South Creek 11-1 and 4-1 after falling in the first game 4-3.

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