Cabarrus County has proven to be one of the top areas in the state when it comes to softball talent year in and year out.
This season was one of the best ever, as six county teams advanced to the playoffs - five South Piedmont Conference squads and one private school.
The lone NCISAA playoff team, Cannon, had the best finish, winning their last 17 games to take their first NCISAA 3A state championship. The Cougars (19-2) were led by the all-state battery duo of pitcher Mackenzie Moyer and catcher Julie Harriss, with head coach Pat Moyer making all the right moves.
In the public school ranks, Jay M. Robinson and Northwest Cabarrus went toe-to-toe all SPC season, tying for the regular season conference championship. The Trojans went on to win the SPC softball tournament title.
Both Robinson and Northwest advanced to the third round of the 3A playoffs.
Central Cabarrus, which won 17 games, got to the second round, while Cox Mill and Hickory Ridge fell in the first round.
Cabarrus News softball player of the year: Mackenzie Moyer, Cannon
Mackenzie Moyer proved to be at her best on the state's biggest stage, leading her Cougars to a 3A NCISAA title with her arm and her bat.
The all-state junior gave up only four runs in her last three games in the state playoffs, including a four-hit complete game shutout in a semifinal win over High Point Christian. Moyer also smacked a two-run home run to put away the same team in the championship-clinching game in the double-elimination tournament.
Moyer led the Cougars on the mound all season, going 16-2 with 155 strikeouts and a 1.39 ERA She also led the Cougars at the plate, hitting .569 with four home runs and 40 RBIs.
Moyer will be back next year with another state championship on her mind.
Cabarrus News pitcher of the year: Dallas King, Jay M. Robinson
When the season started, Dallas King didn't even know if she was going to be able to play at all because of a lower back injury.
After sitting out for the first two weeks of the season, King was able to return to the lineup and found her stride, leading the Bulldogs on 11 straights wins between March 29 and May 11.
King was All-SPC again this season, going 16-5 on the mound with a 1.37 ERA while hitting. 380 and finishing second on the team in doubles and RBIs.
King, who has received interest from College of Charleston, Western Carolina, Winthrop and more, will be back again next season to lead Robinson to what she hopes will be bigger and better things.
Cabarrus News coach of the year: Lori Treiber, Northwest Cabarrus
For nearly two decades, Lori Treiber has established herself as one of the top softball coaches in North Carolina with stops at North Mecklenburg and for the past five seasons at Northwest Cabarrus.
While winning is an annual tradition for Treiber and her teams, as she averages 19 wins a season in her 17-year career, this season was one of her best.
Treiber not only led her Trojans to a share of SPC regular season title with a 22-6 (11-3 SPC) record, but also beat co-champion Robinson in the tournament final 4-0 on their home field.
Treiber, who has a 323-107 record as a coach, deserves a good portion of the credit for keeping Northwest on top after the school and team lost a lot of talent when Cox Mill opened two years ago.
While great players come and go, Treiber has been the constant in her team's winning formula.
All-Cabarrus News softball team
Dallas King, Jay M. Robinson: Junior overcame back injury to go 16-5 on the mound, hit. 380 at plate.
Katie Williford, Northwest Cabarrus: Surprising freshman went 19-6 while recording a 1.31 ERA.
Alexis Eudy, Hickory Ridge: Junior was dominant at times, went the distance in 13 of 18 decisions.
Mackenzie Moyer, Cannon: Junior helped her team to 3A NCISAA state title with 16-2 record on mound.
Julie Harriss, Cannon: Radford signee hit .483 with six home runs and 28 RBIs.
Amber Faust, Cox Mill: Senior was a rock behind the plate, earning All-SPC honors.
Hannah Eudy, Northwest Cabarrus: Top power hitter in county had eight home runs, 32 RBIs for Trojans.
Ally Yeager, Hickory Ridge: SPC Player of the Year hit .422 to lead Ragin' Bulls.
Megan Crowe, Jay M. Robinson: Top-notch defensive player was key in Bulldogs' success, also hit .315.
Mellena Helms, Central Cabarrus: Junior pitcher excelled at the plate and in the field at shortstop.
Hayley Lewis, Jay M. Robinson: Senior catcher moved to the outfield to help team, now going to UNC Charlotte.
Taylor "T.J." Fain, Central Cabarrus: One of the best outfielders in the league, according to more than one coach.
Taylor Carpenter, Mount Pleasant: Multi-talented Tiger player hit .344 for the season.
Taylor Allen, Northwest Cabarrus: UNC Greensboro signee was dominant at the plate and behind it.
Erin Taylor, First Assembly: Four-time all-state performer will walk-on at South Carolina.
Zebresha Blakeney, A.L. Brown: N.C. A&T signee was Wonders' top talent.