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Mayson Lail
St. Stephewns grad Mayson Lail earns the program's second ever national pitcher of the week award.
photo courtesy of Catawba Valley Community College Athletics

CVCC Softball’s Lail Named NJCAA Division 2 Pitcher of the Week

Catawba Valley Community College softball pitcher Mayson Lail has been named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Pitcher of the Week.

Lail’s weekly honor was officially announced on Tuesday by the NJCAA.

Lail joins Red Hawk alumnus Cali Hinnant as the only two softball players in CVCC program history to win an NJCAA weekly honor.

“This is definitely something I have worked really hard for, as well as my mom as she spent most of her time taking me to and from pitching lessons, practices and catching me at home while I practiced,” Lail said.

The St. Stephens High School alumnus was dominant in four-straight starts from Feb. 14 to Feb. 25 — tossing four consecutive no hitters against Gaston College, Caldwell CC&TI, Columbia College (NAIA) and Massachusetts Maritime Academy (NCAA DIII). She held opposing batters hitless for 19.1 innings during the 11-day stretch.

Her commanding 12-strikeout performance last Monday against Columbia College was only the second perfect game in program history.

“Once I got the first no hitter, I made it my goal to continue the streak,” Lail said. “I pitched the perfect game on my papaw’s birthday. He had passed away a little over a year ago, which made it even more special to me. This is definitely a huge accomplishment and a great feeling to have received Pitcher of the Week.”

On Sunday, Lail’s pitching performance was crucial in helping Catawba Valley Community College in knocking off No. 6 Danville Area Community College — the first win against a ranked NJCAA Division II program in CVCC softball program history.

Lail is proud of how she’s played, but she said none of her success could have happened without the support of her fellow Red Hawk softball players.

“I want to give a huge thanks to my teammates for making incredible plays behind me because if they hadn’t this wouldn’t have been possible,” Lail said.

After rain cancelled this weekend’s competition, the Catawba Valley Community College softball team (13-3) returns to action this Wednesday for its conference opener against Southwest Virginia.

First pitch for the doubleheader between the Red Hawks and Eagles is set for 3 p.m. at Highland Recreation Center Field 1.