Underclassmen dominate The News & Observer 2014 All-Metro high school softball team. The 12-player team includes only two seniors and three juniors, but has six sophomores and one freshman.
The youth movement was led by Orange freshman Mia Davidson, who batted .522 and ripped 12 home runs.
Sophomore Holly Clark pitched Jordan-Matthews to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2A championship series while fellow sophomore MyKaela Watt of East Chapel Hill posted a .724 batting average, which would be the No. 3 all-time mark in the state if verified.
Seven of the all-stars hit .500 or better.
The top four teams in The N&O high school softball rankings reached the N.C. High School Athletic Association state semifinals.
Middle Creek, the leader for most of the season, finishes on top followed by 2A Jordan-Matthews, 3A South Johnston and 1A Princeton.
Final 2014 N&O High School rankings
|1. Middle Creek||21-4||1|
|3. South Johnston||23-5||2|
|5. West Johnston||16-7||5|
|8. Leesville Road||13-5||9|
|9. Wake Forest||16-2-1||10|
|12. South Granville||16-3||12|
|14. Granville Central||20-4||NR|
|Kaylynn Batten||North Johnston||Jr.||Hit .500 with 39 RBIs and seven homes.|
|Holly Clark||Jordan-Matthews||Soph.||239 K, 3 perfect games, 6 no-hitters.|
|Mia Davidson||Orange||Fr.||12 home runs, batted .522.|
|Jordan Gontram||Heritage||Soph.||Hit .500 with 42 RBIs for the Huskies.|
|Lauren Higgins||South Johnston||Sr.||16-4 with 1.50 ERA; 113 strikeouts.|
|Lauren Marbrey||Garner||Sr.||13-2 with a 1.58 ERA, 93 strikeouts.|
|Megan Mills||West Johnston||Soph.||116 strikeouts, 0.40 ERA.|
|Elizabeth Pederson||Cardinal Gibbons||Soph.||Hit .607, stole 26 bases.|
|Devin Wallace||Middle Creek||Soph.||14-3 record with 162 strikeouts.|
|MyKaela Watt||East Chapel Hill||Soph.||Hit .724, stole 27 bases.|
|Rachel Willis||West Johnston||Jr.||Hit .522 with 31 RBIs, 5 triples, 4 HR.|
|Anna Wolf||Wake Forest||Jr.||Hit .526, 4 HRs, 23 RBI, 8 doubles.|