PILOT MOUNTAIN — Even after graduating high school, the athletic accolades continue to pile in for East Surry’s Bethany Clayton. The North Carolina Softball Coaches Association named Clayton the Western Regional Player of the Year for the second year in a row.
Clayton joins fellow 2018 graduate Autumn Lawson and rising junior Maggie Holt on the 1A All-State team. Fellow Northwest 1A Conference team North Stokes had three representatives on the All-State team as well: Carley Gravely, Autumn Martin, and Lora Wood.
Clayton led the Northwest 1A Conference in batting average (.562), good enough for 13th best average in the state. She also had the second-most hits in the state (50), tied for the most triples (six) in 1A, and led the entire 1A division in assists (69). Clayton had at least one hit in all 23 games this season.
Both Clayton, who will attend UNC-Charlotte in the fall on a college volleyball scholarship, and Lawson were four-year members of the Lady Cardinals’ varsity team and graduate with a record of 80-25.
Lawson led the Cardinals in RBI (29) and was second in home runs (three) and hits (25). But where Lawson truly made her mark for the Lady Cards was on the mound. She had 91 strikeouts in 113.2 innings pitched as well as 11 wins.
Just now going into her junior year, Holt was second on the team in hits (26) and runs (17). As the Lady Cards’ first baseman, Holt tied for the most double plays on the team (9) and led the team in put outs (176).
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