Black Knights mascot photo.

Robbinsville 2019 Softball Team Preview

Mascot
Black Knights
Team
Varsity 2019
Colors
Black, White
Coach
Billy Knight
Address
301 Sweetwater Road, Robbinsville, NC 28771
Overall
24-5
Conference
14-1
National Rank
697
State (NC) Rank
19

General Information

Team Name
Robbinsville (NC)
Mascot
Black Knights
School Colors
Black, White
2017 - 2018 Coach Name
Billy Knight
2017 - 2018 League Record
16-0-0
2017 - 2018 Overall Record
22-2-0
National Rank
1841
State Rank
76
State Division Rank
10

Achievements

League Championships:
3

2018 - 2019 Preview Information

Coach Name
Billy Knight
Strengths
The 2019 Robbinsville Lady Knights softball team will return seven starters from a year ago. A powerful offense that averaged 12 runs per game a year ago will look to improve on that mark this season. Defensively we will be the best we have been the last 4 years. I feel like we have All Conference caliber players at every position on the field. The pitching staff is deeper and more talented than it has ever been. This team will look to continue a 21 game winning streak in SMC play. They boast a 42 and 6 record in the conference the last 3 seasons including a perfect 16 - 0 season a year ago. The Lady Knights have been SMC champions the last 2 seasons including a runner up finish in 2016. The team will look to replace 3 seniors from a year ago. Gone are catcher Jacey Underwood, outfielders Sierra Wachacha, and Josie Campbell. These three will be hard to replace but we have several girls who are having outstanding off season workouts who are looking to make their mark on the program.

Returning
The Knights will return 5 All SMC performers from a year ago, as well as an honorable mention player. Three seniors will lead the way: Abigail Knight a 3X All SMC player and 2017 Player of the Year will be back to lead the offense. Mikayla Morgan a 2X All SMC performer will return at second base with her solid glove and powerful bat. Jerri Anna Roper a 2X All SMC honoree returns in the circle for the Lady Knights for the 4th year in a row. Gracye Burchfield will bring her outstanding glove in centerfield and powerful bat back for her junior campaign. An All SMC player she led the team with 5 homeruns. Also back for her sophomore year is catcher Maggie Knight, the SMC Player of the Year. Honorable mention All SMC 3rd baseman Gabby Hooper is back for her sophomore season. 4 other letter winners also are back Madison Orr a .476 hitter, Bethany Collins a .476 hitter, Jensen Carver, 21 runs scored, Sydney Farley a starter a year ago before suffering a season ending arm injury.

Newcomers
Lina Pagan, Aynsley Fink, Halee Anderson, Baylee Parham, Sarah Gibby, Brooklyn Turpin, Patience Frapp, Ally Ayers, Ivy Odom are newcomers to the program who are looking to earn a spot on a very competitive team. Fall and preseason workouts have been very beneficial to several girls. There is a lot of talent and speed in this crop of kids just up from middle school. At this point Ivy Odom and Patience Frapp have been impressive. Odom a corner infielder type player can absolutely crush a softball. Frapp, a transfer from Oklahoma has been working hard in the circle and looks to be a real difference maker not only with her pitching but with her bat as well. Special shout out to Parham and Gibby who have attended workouts all fall and winter and have shown amazing improvement.

The pitching staff will go 5 deep led by Roper. She has been "the girl" her entire career at Robbinsville.She has 37 career wins at the school. The emergence of M. Knight has been a pleasant surprise this offseason. A hard throwing righty who we feel can beat anybody. Frapp, with her spin and location will give teams fits this season. Burchfield, 5 and 1 last year also will be in the mix. Farley, who led the middle school team to an undefeated season 2 years ago also is in the mix and a valuable arm. We feel like we have the best staff in the conference with these 5 girls. We are lucky to have the kind of depth most 1A schools only dream about. A challenging non conference schedule includes 8 games with 2A and 3A schools. This team has one goal and that is competing for a state title.

Team Wins

DateOpponentResult
3/5/2018 Cherokee (NC) 19-1
3/9/2018 Andrews (NC) 24-6
3/13/2018 Murphy (NC) 11-4
3/22/2018 Smoky Mountain (Sylva, NC) 5-3
3/23/2018 Rosman (NC) 13-3
3/26/2018 Hiwassee Dam (Murphy, NC) 14-4
3/27/2018 Hayesville (NC) 3-1
4/3/2018 Cherokee (NC) 13-3
4/5/2018 Tuscola (Waynesville, NC) 19-18
4/6/2018 Andrews (NC) 10-0
4/9/2018 Blue Ridge Early College (Cashiers, NC) 20-1
4/11/2018 Smoky Mountain (Sylva, NC) 6-3
4/17/2018 Murphy (NC) 8-7
4/18/2018 Blue Ridge Early College (Cashiers, NC) 14-0
4/20/2018 Rosman (NC) 22-10
4/25/2018 Swain County (Bryson City, NC) 10-0
4/27/2018 Hayesville (NC) 11-5
4/28/2018 East Henderson (East Flat Rock, NC) 16-1
4/30/2018 Swain County (Bryson City, NC) 12-9
4/30/2018 Rabun Gap-Nacoochee (Rabun Gap, GA) 12-2
5/1/2018 Hiwassee Dam (Murphy, NC) 6-5
5/11/2018 Hiwassee Dam (Murphy, NC) 14-12

Year-by-Year Results

YearCoach NameRecordAchievements
19-20B. Knight1-0-0
17-18B. Knight22-2-0LeagueChampion
16-17B. Knight21-3-0LeagueChampion
15-16B. Knight14-10-0
14-15B. Knight6-12-0