South Granville softball coach Walter Day is so low key it’s difficult to imagine what would ruffle his feathers on the fast-pitch diamond.
But what gets the low-key Day chattering in a high-praise riff is his standout senior pitcher, Miranda Barker. He knows she is a franchise player who has carried his team to back-to-back NCHSAA 2A state championships in 2015 and 2016.
“Miranda’s pretty much a lights-out pitcher. I don’t know how many strikeouts she has, but she’s leading our conference in strikeouts,” Day said as his undefeated Vikings were waiting to take on unbeaten Orange on Saturday at the 18th Annual Southern Alamance Patriot Eastern Invitational.
She had 105 strikeouts coming into the tournament, and fanned 10 Orange players in her six-hit effort.
“She threw two perfect games and four no-hitters, so she’s doing real well from the mound her last year,” Day said. “I’m really proud.”