Northern Durham has jumped out to the PAC-6 Conference softball lead thanks in large part to a strong junior class. Juniors McKenzie McCullen, Sarah Pleasants, Hannah Morris and Hannah Arendt are the team’s leading batters, and all are hitting at least .439 or higher.
Morris and McCullen have also split starts for the Knights (10-4, 7-0), with Morris boasting a 0.23 ERA and McCullen a 2.17.
Morris’ versatility helps take the pressure off McCullen, and vice versa.
“She can play multiple positions, so she always works hard and is a lot of fun to be around,” coach Boo Riggsbee said of Morris.
McCullen has a whopping six triples this year while batting .553. Morris (.514) leads the team with 21 RBIs and Pleasants (.526) is second with 14. Arendt is hitting .439 with a pair of doubles.
When asked which she preferred – a strikeout or a hit – Morris, a Radford recruit replied: “A hit. I’m not going to pitch in college; they recruited me for hitting so hitting is my main thing.”