Former Ashe County softball player Kendra Yearick finished up her junior season at Peace College, and continued her success on the field and in the classroom.
Yearick finished this season with eight wins in her 17 starts, and made three more pitching appearances in relief. Overall, Yearick pitched 95 innings and finished with an earned run average of 3.68, best on the team.
The junior also led the team in strikeouts with 74 and held her opponents to a .274 batting average, the lowest average allowed by any of the Peace College pitchers.
As a team, the Peace Pacers finished with a 16-22 record overall and a 7-12 mark in the USA South Atlantic Conference.
Yearick has one more season left, and already has her name in the record books among some of the top pitchers in Peace College history.
Currently, the Ashe County native is third in school history with 29 wins, third in total innings pitched, third in strikeouts and third in shutouts pitched. She holds the fourth highest total of strikeouts in any single season, which took place in her freshman year when she retired 116 batters on strikes. During her sophomore season, Yearick finished the season with the third lowest ERA in school history, allowing just over two runs per game (2.14).
Much like her success on the softball diamond, she has continued to excel in the classroom. Yearick will be named to the USA Conference Academic All-Conference team and will have a great chance to be an Academic All-American. Those lists will officially be announced sometime in early June.