Softball

Foxworth to Southern Wesleyan

Enka senior Mariah Foxworth has committed to play college softball for Southern Wesleyan (S.C.).

Enka senior Mariah Foxworth has committed to play college softball for Southern Wesleyan (S.C.).

CANDLER – Mariah Foxworth can roam the outfield with the best of them.

Or the Enka senior can step inside the circle and pitch. Don’t forget her capability to swallow up ground balls as a middle infielder, too.

The girl who does it all has decided where she’ll play college softball – Foxworth has committed to Southern Wesleyan (S.C.).

“She came in my classroom (Tuesday morning) all excited,” Sugar Jets coach Jennifer Kruk said.

“I asked her if she was sure she let the coach know how many different positions she can play. Mariah is easily one of our most versatile players. She can play so many different spots and we’re probably going to use her in all of them (for the 2017 season).”

As a junior, Foxworth earned All-Mountain Athletic Conference and Citizen-Times All-WNC recognition as a right fielder/pitcher for the two-time defending 3-A state champion Sugar Jets (26-3).

She batted .400 with 24 RBIs, nine doubles, a home run and 23 runs scored. Her fielding percentage was .952. Pitching-wise, Foxworth was 3-1 with a 2.59 earned-run average and 31 strikeouts. She was named to the N.C. Softball Coaches Association’s all-state and all-district teams.

Enka has a void at pitcher with the school’s all-time winner, Queens freshman Courtney Pearson, having moved on to college this year. Pearson graduated high school with a career record of 68-12 and was last season’s Citizen-Times All-WNC Player of the Year.

“We don’t have another Courtney, but I don’t know that we ever will again. She was something different and sophomore special,” Kruk said.

“What we have are four really good pitchers, including Mariah. I’m confident in every one of them and I know Mariah has been a little nervous (about the expectations) of following Courtney. And I think having so many solid pitchers helps with that. She doesn’t have to do it by herself.”

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