Freshmen tend to wait in the wings, absorbing as much as possible until it’s their time to shine.
Courtney Pearson has been a major contributor from the start for Enka.
The two-time Mountain Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year and three-time All-MAC softball selection signed with Charlotte’s Queens on Monday.
Pearson has won 47 games in the past three years — 14 as a freshman, 19 as a sophomore and 14 for last spring’s undefeated NCHSAA 3-A championship team which established a school record for victories (23).
As a junior, Pearson (14-0 with four saves) was also named the N.C. Softball Coaches Association 3-A West Co-Pitcher of the Year after maintaining a 1.57 earned-run average with 101 strikeouts in 98 1-3 innings.
The right-hander made college commitment about this same time last year.
“It’s been a journey,” Pearson said.
“From camps to travel ball, to trying to get coaches to see me play, it was all worth it. I’m excited and looking forward (to the 2016 season). It’s going to be hard to beat what we did last year. But I know everyone is determined to work hard and try and get better.”
Pearson has also been an All-MAC volleyball player at Enka for Jennifer Kruk, who coaches her in both sports.
“Whether it’s softball or volleyball, Courtney is that kid who comes in every day and does what she is supposed to do,” Kruk said.
“It’s depressing to think about taking the field without her. Yeah, we’re going to have her one more year and I’m going to enjoy it. But I’m already thinking down the road and thinking about how much she has meant to us.”