Three Marvin Ridge seniors have earned the honor of being named as North Carolina Softball Coaches Association All-State Players. Jessica Davis, Gabby Baylog and Taylor Walker all played major roles in leading the Mavericks through one of their most successful seasons in recent history. This year, Marvin Ridge ended their season with an impressive 20-5 overall record and a record of 10-2 in their conference. They won their first Southern Carolina Conference 3A title in six years and made a powerful showing in this year’s NCHSAA state playoffs.
The degree of success that the Mavericks achieved this year would have been hard-won without the influence of these three athletes. Both Davis and Walker had incredible seasons at bat earning more than 30 hits each on the season. Davis finished her season with 24 RBIs, 21 runs and five home runs. Walker earned 34 RBIs, 12 runs and 11 home runs. Davis, Walker and Baylog each earned all-conference and all-district selections as well. Baylog, who was named the 3A district pitcher of the year, broke the school’s record for strikeouts, earning 246 on the year. She pitched complete games in each of Marvin Ridge’s 25 appearances. She pitched 11 shutouts, four no-hitters and two perfect games.
All-State and All-District awards are decided by selection committees that consist of athletic association members from each of the state’s four classifications whose decisions are based on information and statistics provided in whole or in part by coaches of the teams from each classification. A complete list of All-State and All-District players can be found online at www.ncfastpitch.org.