The East Wilkes softball team continues to reap the rewards of the program’s best season in the last four years.
Three Cardinals — Lauren Rakes, Lyric Ryan and Alexa Carter — were selected to the North Carolina Softball Coaches Association All-District 1A team, which was announced on Friday.
East Wilkes, which is designated as District 7, was the only Wilkes County team represented on all-district and one of two Mountain Valley Athletic Conference schools (Alleghany being the other) to be represented.
District 7 is comprised of the following counties — Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Davie, Iredell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin.
This is the fourth time that Rakes, who was also named the 1A Player of the Year, has earned all-district honors and the second time she has earned a top honor. The recent graduate and Lenoir-Rhyne-signee was named co-Pitcher of the Year in 2018.
Ryan, who will play softball for Piedmont International University next fall, and Carter are both first-time honorees.
Rakes swept the MVAC Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year honors this past spring. She led the team in nearly every offensive category; Rakes batted .534 with nine home runs and 29 runs batted in — all team highs.
Of her 31 hits, which tied for the team lead, 20 of them went for extra bases, including 10 doubles. She had 58 official at-bats in the season and drew 37 walks — many of which were intentional free passes. She also had a team-high 15 stolen bases.
Inside the pitching circle, Rakes was 15-7 with a 0.84 earned run average in 24 appearances. She struck out 228 batters and allowed just 18 earned runs in 150 ¹⁄³ innings pitched this spring.
Ryan, who made the transition from shortstop to center field this spring, tied Rakes for the team lead in hits and had 16 RBIs while batting .388 — good for second on the Cardinals’ roster.
She also saw time in the circle, making four appearances and going 1-0 with a 2.62 ERA in eight innings of work. She also pitched a perfect game against Mount Airy during the season.
In the field, Ryan sported a .929 fielding percentage with just two errors.
Carter, who spent the majority of the season at third base, also played some at second base and catcher. She batted .263 with 15 RBIs and had 20 hits.
In the field, the sophomore had a .931 fielding percentage with four double plays.
Note: In addition to the three Cardinals selected, four Trojans were named to the 1A team including Kenzi Lyall, who was selected as the 1A Pitcher of the Year. Taylor Allen, Haley Rife and Mackenzie Russell were also selected.