LAURINBURG — Scotland alum Cameron Sharpe made history at Southeastern Community College recently as she was named the softball program’s first All-American.
The National Junior College Athletic Association released its Division II softball All-American teams last week and Sharpe was named third-team All-American, as a utility player, along with 12 others sophomores and freshmen from around the country.
Athletes were also selected for NJCAA Division II first and second team All-American honors.
Sharpe, a 2016 graduate of Scotland High, played first base and pitched in her second season with the Lady Rams.
“She is very coachable, intelligent on and off the field — a coach’s dream,” said head coach Karlyn Stephens. “I’m going to miss her terribly.”
The NJCAA rules state junior college players can only participate in two seasons of competition.
Sharpe will be transferring to UNC Pembroke, but does not plan to continue her softball career, according to Stephens.
In 37 games, Sharpe had a .339 batting average with six home runs, 35 RBIs and 20 runs scored. The former Lady Scot finished third in the conference with 13 wins in the circle and a 3.33 ERA.
Sharpe tossed 107.1 innings during the 2018 season tallying 33 strikeouts and walking just 18 batters.
In the middle of the season, Sharpe put together a 10-game win streak that stretched from March 9 to March 17.
Sharpe was the only Division II player from North Carolina named to an All-American team.
Southeastern Community College finished the 2018 season 33-11 and were 17-7 in conference. The Lady Rams lost in the Division II District F semi-finals, 9-0, to Richard Bland in May to end their season.
Southeastern plays in Division II Region 10 alongside nine other teams including Catawba Valley, Surry, Wake Tech and Florence-Darlington Tech.
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