Courtney Pearson pitches with an incredible amount of poise, especially for a freshman.
Her catcher is only a sophomore, but Jordan Harris shares the Western North Carolina lead in home runs (eight).
And senior center fielder Kyara Porche was the 2012 Mountain Athletic Conference player of the year. She leads off for a lineup with a .388 batting average and 19 stolen bases.
Yes, a little bit of everything has gone into making Enka (11-1, 7-1) the hottest softball team in the MAC.
The Sugar Jets have reeled off a nine-game winning streak since their only loss (March 12 at home to Roberson), including last Friday’s 12-7 victory over the MAC 4-A leading Rams.
“The biggest thing about this team is that we all have the same goals in mind, whether you are on the field or on the bench,” Porche said.
“We want to get 1 percent better every day at practice so we’ll be ready when the playoffs get here. And we don’t want to lose to the same team twice.”
Pearson (7-1 with a 2.57 earned run average and 52 strikeouts) has been in the circle for the majority of their wins, while Morgan Scholtz (3-0) and Marrah Troutman (1-0) are unbeaten.
Porche (.553) and Harris (.524) are tearing it up at the plate, followed by Jasmine Palmer (.488), Sydney Davis (.419), Brooke Adams (.393), Troutman (.390) and Addison Harris (.324).
Palmer was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs on Wednesday as Enka fought past McDowell, 5-3, in Candler.
“We’re having a lot of fun right now,” said Palmer, who is a sophomore shortstop.
“We’ve had some huge wins lately. This is a close-knit team, and we have fun together.”
Harris and Pearson have been part of the same battery in travel ball, which explains their chemistry.
But Davis is amazed at how the team has come together so quickly.
“It’s very interesting,” she said.
“A lot of us haven’t played together before, and it’s amazing how well it has worked out. We’re really close. Our pitcher knows we have her back, and I think the win over Roberson really shows how much we have grown as a team. We’re growing and continuing to work hard.”
Coach Jennifer Kruk’s assistants are Mark Anderson and Phillip Bohanon.
Kruk was part of the last state championship softball team from Enka (1996), while Bohanon won a NCHSAA title in wrestling at 160 pounds in 2002.