Hometown heroes: softball

07/28/2014 11:43 AM

07/28/2014 11:45 AM

Former area softball star Erica Nunn (Holly Springs class of 2012) made 36 appearances and started 23 games in the circle as the No. 2 pitcher for South Florida.

She had 11 wins, five complete games and two shutouts while opponents hit just .174 off her. She also broke the school record for strikeouts in a game (18). The record also stands as an American Conference record, since the league is in its first year.

Sam Slade (Apex 2011) started all 49 games at second base for Charlotte and was second on the team in batting average (.315). She led the team with 11 doubles and 33 runs and was second on the team in home runs (7) and hits (46).

Lizzie Margagliotti (Apex 2012) started in 23 games for Morehead State, posting a .262 batting average.

Allison Geiner (Middle Creek 2012) started all 57 games for UNC-Greensboro in center field. She hit .258 while finishing with a team-high seven outfield assists.

Lexi Ross (Green Hope 2013) had limited playing time for Western Carolina due to an injury in the offseason, but played in 37 games and started 20. She ended the season with eight hits, scored seven runs and hit two doubles.

Tyler Ross (Middle Creek 2013), who was injured in her one and only season at Middle Creek, saw action in 37 games as a freshman at N.C. State. She made 12 starts in the outfield and hit .269 with four home runs.

Emily Libero (Cary 2013) appeared in two games for Maryland.

At Northwest Florida Junior College, Jenna Firestein (Holly Springs 2012) had a fantastic year – batting a .408 with 64 hits, 59 runs and 20 RBIs.

Tanya Van Dyk (Athens Drive 2013) made 11 starts for Methodist as a freshman and hit .289.

At William Peace, Madison Parker (Panther Creek 2013) played in nine games with a batting average of .538.

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