Charleston Southern softball junior Jana Matthews, a Starmount High graduate, was named Second-Team All-Big South Conference, it was announced Wednesday night during the league’s annual softball awards banquet.
The Region X softball tournament will be hosted by Surry Community College at Fisher River Park in Dobson on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5. The tournament will consist of five North Carolina community colleges.
Courtney Groce officially won the starting pitcher’s job at Starmount High School after the first practice of her freshman season back in 2009. But Rams coach Heather Courts knew well before then that Groce had the potential to be her team’s ace.
Surry Community College’s softball team, which began the season with 13 straight losses, is starting to get on a roll in the opposite direction. The Knights have won seven of their last 10 games, including sweeps of Ferrum College, Stanly Community College and Wake Tech over the past couple of weeks.
Surry Community College’s softball team picked up four big wins over the weekend. The Knights beat Ferrum College 6-3 and 7-1 on the road last Thursday, then topped conference rival Stanly Community College 4-3 and 2-0 on Saturday.
As Surry Community College’s young softball program aims to expand its recruiting reach and move up the junior college ranks, coach Amber Watson Reid also wants to maintain strong ties to the base of schools in the Knights’ neighborhood. Reid once again tapped local programs with her latest recruiting class. Signing letters of intent to join the Knights for 2012-13 were Ivey Johnson from Surry Central, Courtney Barnes from Starmount, and Brianna Bratcher and Emily Worley from West Stokes.
Former Starmount softball standout Jana Matthews moved into the career home-run lead for Charleston Southern on Friday. Matthews launched her second long-ball of the season against Kansas in a 6-3 loss. She now has 21 homers for her career, one more than senior teammate Megan Lombard, who hit a team-high eight last season
A former Starmount softball standout earned all-conference status this spring as a sophomore at Charleston Southern. Jana Matthews of Boonville was voted second-team all-Big South. Matthews was first-team all-conference last year.