HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: N-C’s Loftin, East Lincoln’s Baker shine in South Fork 2A

Published Friday, May 21st, 2021



Conference champion East Lincoln High leads the All-South Fork 2A softball team and has the league’s top defensive player and head coach.

Head coaches in the league voted five Mustangs as all-conference, led by senior Payton Baker as the Defensive Player of the Year.

East Lincoln (16-2) also has the Coach of the Year, Mike Freeman.

The Offensive Player of the Year award went to Newton-Conover senior Grace Loftin.

Loftin was a star on the mound — going 6-1 with an ERA of 1.21, walking 21 and striking out 94 – and red-hot at the plate. She hit .677 with four doubles, five triples, seven home runs and 18 RBIs. Her statistics are through 13 games.

Baker went 15-1 for the Mustangs, making 16 starts and throwing 11 complete games. She had an ERA of 1.86, pitching 90 innings and walking four and striking out 109.


(as voted by conference head coaches)

Bandys: Caroline McIntosh, Lydia Poovey, Rylee Bost, Anneliese Andrews

E. Lincoln: Taliya Thomas, Betsy Eatmon, Payton Baker, Kate Hogue, Katelynn Crowe

Lake Norman Charter: Kristy Seifert

Lincolnton: Ashley Antonio

Maiden: Kaidyn Rogers, Kailey Kiser

Newton-Conover: Grace Loftin, Kayla Hollar, Georgia Ingle

N. Lincoln: Tessa Hunt, Morgan McCaslin, Lilly Stump, Ashlyn White

W. Lincoln: Morgan Chapman, Emma Bumgarner

Offensive Player of the Year: Grace Loftin, Newton-Conover

Defensive Player of the Year: Payton Baker, E. Lincoln

Coach of the Year: Mike Freeman, E. Lincoln


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