5 Lady Knights earns district, state softball honors

DUBLIN — Following a successful 2017 campaign that saw West Bladen finish the softball season at 20-4 overall and a Four County Conference title at 13-1, the Lady Knights were rewarded by the North Carolina Softball Coaches Association with the selection of five players to the Class 2-A All-State team.

Those five players — Laikyn Pait, Logan Autry, Conner Brisson, Carley Dawson and Sophia Singletary — were also tabbed for the District 4 Class 2-A All-District team. They were joined by teammate Kassidy Anderson on the team.

“It’s an awesome recognition for these deserving ladies,” West Bladen softball coach Joey Autry said. “It shows the strength of the team, and I’m very proud of these young ladies.”

Pait’s selection was her third straight to the All-State team and third for the All-District team. The first-baseman, who will play softball for Southeastern Community College, hit .412 for the Lady Knights her senior season with seven doubles, three home runs and 19 RBI as the team’s clean-up hitter.

Anderson’s selection to the All-District team was also her third straight. The West Bladen second baseman batted .377 and scored 26 runs for the Lady Knights out of the lead-off spot.

For Autry, it was the second straight season to be named to both the All-State and All-District teams. The outfielder hit .391, stole 12 bases and scored 23 runs for West Bladen.

Singletary, the Lady Knights’ primary pitcher her senior season, not only got named to the All-State team for the second year, but was selected as the District 4 Class 2-A Pitcher of the Year for the second straight year. She was 15-4 with a 1.47 ERA and twirled six shutouts along the way.

Brisson, a rising junior shortstop, earned the All-State and All-District honors after batting a team-leading .516 with 23 RBI. She also had an on-base percentage of .507 and a slugging percentage of .629 for the Lady Knights.

Dawson, another rising junior for West Bladen, had the additional honor of being named the District 4 Class 2-A Player of the Year after hitting .500 with three home runs and 32 RBI. The third-baseman scored 36 runs to lead the Lady Knights — along with an on-base percentage of .554 and slugging percentage of .772 her sophomore season.