ROCKINGHAM — Summer Jacobs had her college choices narrowed down to two and when it came down to making her pick, she went local.
Jacobs will be attending St. Andrews this fall. Jacobs made her announcement following Richmond Senior's softball practice Tuesday afternoon in the press box at the field.
“It's close to home and it has what I want to go to school for,” said Jacobs, who plans on majoring in physical education and minor in biology. “And it's a small school.”
Jacobs selected the Laurinburg school over North Greenville. She added she expects to pitch as well as play shortstop and third base at St. Andrews.
Richmond is off to a perfect start, winning all 14 games behind Jacobs. Jacobs is 13-0 with a 1.39 ERA. She has struck out 87 and walked 17 in 85 1/3 innings. At the plate, Jacobs is hitting .457 with six doubles and 14 runs batted in.
A four-year starter, Jacobs is a three-time all-conference pick. Jacobs was named to the all-district name as a sophomore and junior, earned all-state honors last season.
“She's been a hard-worker for four years,” Richmond coach Wendy Wallace said. “She is solid defensively and a solid hitter. No one works harder.”
Jacobs started at shortstop as a freshman before being moved to third the next year. After Casey Snead graduated in 2012, Jacobs moved over to the pitching circle.
Wallace didn't plan on using Jacobs as her No. 1 pitcher, but once the season started, she settled in as the team's ace.
“She stepped up and took that role,” Wallace said. “As good as a hitter as she is, she is just as good defensively.”
Jacobs was 16-2 last year with 83 strikeouts in 114 1/3 innings and a 1.16 ERA. She batted .378 with seven doubles, two triples and 16 RBIs as the Raiders went 21-4 and advanced to the second round of the 4A state playoffs.
“A lot of people deserve thanks but I can't list them all,” Jacobs said. “I thank God most of all for giving me this gift and always keeping me safe. I thank my mom, dad, family, friends, Chaos family, Wallace, (Shellie) Wimpy and Ken Davenport. Thanks to everyone who has helped me reach my goals.”
SEC tennis tourney underway
RAEFORD — Colt Auman has qualified for his third consecutive appearance in the 4A East Regional, except this time he is doing it in singles.
Auman, who is the top seed in the Southeastern Conference singles tournament and received a first-round bye, defeated Trevor Franklin from Lumberton 6-1, 6-0. Auman will face Pinecrest's Josh Barnes in today's semifinal matchup.
Auman advanced as a freshman all the way to the state championships with his brother, Alex. Last year, Auman and John Pittman won their first match at the regional, before falling in the quarterfinals.
Pittman stopped Tivon Ganzy of Scotland 6-0, 6-0 in the first round. Pinecrest's Jacob Johnson defeated Pittman 6-2, 6-0 in the quarterfinals. Pittman is still alive for the fifth automatic berth into the regional tournament. He squares off with Dylan Brooks from Purnell Swett today.
In doubles, Andrew Balzer and Brandon Ingram grabbed the No. 2 seed and defeated Thomas Bailey and Jacob Risen from Lumberton 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Balzer and Ingram will face Pinecrest's Don Campbell and Zack Smith in today's semifinal match.
Hoke's John Sellers and Noah Thaggard eliminated Richmond's other doubles team, Hill Pence and Ryan Watkins, 6-1, 6-3.
The tournament will continue at 11 a.m. today at Hoke.