During her days in the pitching circle, Lisa Thompson was a dominant force for the Ripley Lady Vikings.
And her game continued to excel at the next level for West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Thompson’s pitching excellence at the Buckhannon-based school has gained her entry into the prestigious West Virginia Wesleyan College Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Class of 2020 was released this week.
The former Lady Viking, who is now Lisa Thompson-Carter, will be inducted Thursday, October 1, in a ceremony to launch homecoming weekend on the Wesleyan campus.
While at Wesleyan, Thompson-Carter twice earned West Virginia Conference Pitcher of the Year honors in the seasons of 1992 and 1994.
She compiled a 52-13 record during her four seasons as a Lady Bobcat with a career 1.13 ERA.
Thompson-Carter is remembered for being the first dominating pitcher ever to grace the circle for Wesleyan softball, which evolved into first a powerhouse at the NAIA level and later in NCAA Division II.
She will be joined in the Hall of Fame ceremony by football greats John DiPietro and Scott Gasper, former soccer stars John Espisito and Ian Burgess and one-time track and field/cross country star Stephanie Hatfield-McCollam.
Thompson was Class AAA First Team All-State not once, but twice while donning the Ripley royal blue and white.
She put together an incredible 42-14 record during her career.
Along the way she recorded 614 strikeouts, 16 shutouts, nine no-hitters and had a 2.22 ERA.
With her induction, Thompson will become the fourth Ripley High School Lady Viking softball player to become a Hall of Famer at her college.
The others are Ashli White (Morehead State), the late Sally Friend (Marietta College) and Casie Waskey (Alderson-Broaddus).
Thompson-Carter lives in Walkersville, Maryland with her husband, Jason.
They are the proud parents of a son Drew, 22, and daughter Sarah,18.
This will mark the second time in the span of a year in which a former Ripley High athlete has earned induction into a college athletic hall of fame.
This winter, former Ripley basketball star Alannah Sheets was enshrined into the Shawnee State University Hall of Fame following her remarkable career.