Published: Mar 31, 2012 09:38 PM
Modified: Apr 02, 2012 04:38 PM
There isnt much Erica Nunn cant do on the softball field.
At the plate, the Holly Springs senior is tied for the Tri-Nine Conference lead in RBIs with 20. In the circle, shes undefeated and has a whopping 136 strikeouts.
With every team already at the seasons midway point, Nunn is a big reason Holly Springs is atop the conference and ranked No. 2 in the state. The Golden Hawks have given up just six runs this season.
But Tri-Nine softball is set up for a strong finish once teams return from spring break next week.
Holly Springs has yet to play third-place Fuquay-Varina, as its game has been postponed twice due to rain. Apex and Fuquay-Varina are separated by just one conference game; Apex got the upper hand in a 4-3 head-to-head win.
Fuquays Heather Ratcliff is among the conference leaders in strikeouts (45), while catcher Alyssa White (four triples, six doubles) is one of the top hitters.
Middle Creek, which has split the season series with Fuquay, is a game out of third and 2.5 back of second place in the Tri-Nine.
Lee County is holding onto the fifth spot, which would put it in the playoffs if the season were to end today. But the hold is a tenuous one, with Green Hope led by pitcher Ali Then (45 strikeouts) and hitter Jessi Beech (17 RBIs) riding a four-game win streak to get within a game. Lee defeated Green Hope 5-2 on March 20.
Athens Drive led by sophomore Hannah Reynolds (six home runs, 20 RBIs) is only two games behind Lee County, but the Jaguars lost to Lee and Green Hope in their first meeting. Jags senior Tanya Van Dyk is tied for the conference lead, with six doubles.
Despite being winless, Cary has one of the leagues top hitters in Emily Libero (four home runs). Big upcoming games:
April 10: Green Hope at Athens Drive; April 11: Holly Springs at Fuquay-Varina; April 17: Middle Creek at Lee County, April 24: Holly Springs at Apex; April 27: Fuquay-Varina at Holly Springs, Lee County at Green Hope; May 1: Fuquay-Varina at Apex, Athens Drive at Green Hope; May 4: Fuquay-Varina at Middle Creek.All statistics listed are as they have been reported to the News & Observer as of March 29.