Former East Wilkes star honored by USA South

By Jim Fuller jfuller@civitasmedia.com

March 13, 2014

RALEIGH — Former East Wilkes star Joanie (Blevins) Macemore has been chosen to the 5oth Anniversary Softball Team by the USA South Conference.

Macemore, who played her college ball at William Peace University in Raleigh, is listed throughout the William Peace record book for both her hitting and her pitching.

Thirteen Pacers were chosen to the team which has 107 players from seven different member institutions — Averett University, Ferrum University, Greensboro College, Meredith College, Methodist University, North Carolina Wesleyan College and William Peace.

The 13 Pacers will be honored in a ceremony between games during a doubleheader at William Peace Saturday.

Macemore, who played second base and pitched, performed at Peace from 2005 through 2008. She holds the school’s single-season record for hits with 53 in 2007.

She was and is just five feet, two inches tall, but her coach at Peace, Charlie Dobbins, said, “She just had tremendous bat skills. She was a little doubles machine.

“She didn’t have the big size, but she developed the swing that made her successful. She always fought that ‘I’m too little’ mantra. She was just going to battle and battle and battle. She put us on her back.”

In addition, Macemore ranks third in school history in career runs (100); fifth in hits (126); fourth in doubles (24); fifth in total bases (168); fifth in RBI (68); third in walks (49); fifth in batting average (.321); fourth in innings pitched (190.2); fourth in wins (16); fifth in shutouts (three); fourth in strikeouts (141); and fourth in ERA (3.52.)

Macemore, as Blevins, also appears on the school single-season lists for the 2007 season. She is second in runs scored (40); fifth in doubles (13); fifth in total bases (77); and fifth in batting average (.398). In 2006, she threw 129.2 innings and recorded 12 wins. In 2005, Macemore pitched two shutouts.

Macemore was a part of the two most successful teams in Pacer history. The 2007 team had the best winning percentage in school history (.625 with a 25-15 record). The 2008 team won the most games (27) and finished with a 27-17 record. In her four years, the Pacers were 98-66.

“Those were the best teams I had,” said Dobbins, who is in his 15th year at Peace.

She was an All-Conference selection and her team’s most valuable player in 2007, graduating from Peace in 2008. She was also an academic All-Conference selection all four years. She went on to earn a physician’s assistant degree from Methodist University in Fayetteville.

Macemore pitched and played second base for East Wilkes.

Macemore, who was born and raised in Thurmond, has been married to William Macemore for three years and now resides in Jonesville.

Softball began in the USA South in 1982 as a slowpitch sport, transitioning into a fastpitch sport in 1985.

The USA South now has 13 Division III members, however due to their length of time in the USA South or its predecessor — the Dixie Athletic Conference — some schools were not included.

Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @elkinareasports.