Kailey McNeil

KAILEY MCNEIL, a 2017 Wilkes Central graduate, prepares for a bang-bang play at home with UNC-Charlotte’s Spenser Gray during Western Carolina’s game against the 49ers back in late March.

Whether it was helping their school make history or making an impact at their new school, former Wilkes County softball players were certainly very productive for their respective schools.

Below is a list of college softball players with a connection to Wilkes County and how they performed during the Spring 2019 season.

Olivia Bullard, Piedmont International

East Wilkes, 2016

Bullard played in 22 of the Bruins’ 28 games (with 12 starts) this spring and was third on the Bruins in batting average with a .403 clip. She finished with five runs batted in and scored nine times with 25 hits.

The junior infielder had a season-high four hits against Allen University on Feb. 26. In that game, she also drove in a pair of runs and stole a pair of bases while scoring three times. She was also 13-of-14 in stolen base attempts.

Bullard had seven multiple hit games for Piedmont International (8-20).

The Bruins finished 4-6 in the National Christian College Athletic Association.

McKenzie Mastin, Piedmont International

West Wilkes, 2018

Like Bullard, Mastin competed on the softball diamond, as well as the volleyball court, for the Bruins and batted .276 in 22 games (12 starts) this spring.

Mastin had a home run and 19 RBIs. She also made one appearance inside the pitching circle.

The freshman outfielder had her best game of the spring in the doubleheader against Alive Lloyd College on March 7 where she went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs in the first game. She followed that up with a 2-for-3 performance with four RBIs in the second game.

Kailey McNeil, Western Carolina

Wilkes Central, 2017

McNeil played in 44 games and started 39 of them. She batted .232 with 24 hits.

The sophomore utility player homered three times and drove in 12 runs with four doubles. In the field, she finished with a .977 fielding percentage and just three errors.

McNeil’s best game of the season was on April 28 against Furman where she went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles. In that series with Paladins, McNeil also had a home run.

The Catamounts finished this spring 21-32 (a six-win improvement from McNeil’s freshman season) and were 5-12 in the Southern Conference.

Brandi Parks, Lenoir-Rhyne

East Wilkes, 2015

Parks closed out her college career with an 18-9 record inside the pitching circle with three shutouts in 34 appearances (25 starts).

The senior had a 3.38 earned run average with 114 strikeouts (compared to 68 walks) and gave up 77 earned runs in 159 ²⁄³ innings of work.

Parks had a season-best nine strikeouts at Anderson on March 23.

Allison Parker, Surry CC

Wilkes Central, 2017

In her second season with the Knights, Parker saw time both at the plate (while playing the outfield) and inside the pitching circle.

While pitching, Parker went 1-1 in a pair of appearances with a 6.56 ERA in 5 ¹⁄³ innings of work. Her longest appearance came in a one-run loss to Piedmont International University where she scattered three hits and four runs (two earned) in 3 ¹⁄³ innings.

At the plate, the sophomore saw action in 39 of Surry’s 41 games and hit .333 with 16 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. She had 31 hits with 10 of them (all doubles) going for extra bases.

Gracie Proffit, North Greenville

West Wilkes, 2018

Proffit saw action in three games (no starts) for the Crusaders this spring. The freshman had three at-bats but did not register any offensive stats.

North Greenville University went 24-24 in 2019 and was 14-6 in Conference Carolinas play.

Emily Visnic, Charleston Southern

West Wilkes, 2016

After playing at Bradley University her freshman season, Visnic transferred to Charleston Southern last season. In her second year with the Buccaneers, Visnic made six appearances inside the circle with one start.

The junior sported a 5.92 ERA in 7 ¹⁄³innings of work. She struck out three and allowed eight hits and eight runs (six earned).

Her lone start of the spring came on Feb. 9 in a 10-2 win against Maryland-Eastern Shore. Visnic allowed two runs on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts in three inningts of work.

The Bucs went 18-37 in 2019 and were 12-12 in Big South Conference play.

Kaitlyn Wyatt, Lees-McRae

Wilkes Central, 2017

After spending her freshman season as a student at Lenoir-Rhyne, Wyatt transferred to Lees-McRae and was a part of a historical season for the Bobcats.

Lees-McRae went 22-19 and finished 11-9 in Conference Carolinas play. The Bobcats won the Conference Carolinas tournament to qualify for the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in school history. They went 1-2 in their tournament debut. It was also the first Conference Carolinas softball championship in program history.

Wyatt saw action in 29 games and batted .262 with four runs scored and three RBIs on 16 hits.  

The sophomore made her presence felt in the conference tournament where she had four hits across the four games en route to being named to the all-tournament team.

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