Catawba Valley Community College freshman Brett Banks was named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Pitcher of the Week on Wednesday.
Banks, a right-hander from Garner, N.C., becomes the 11th Red Hawk baseball player to earn a weekly honor from the NJCAA and the sixth CVCC pitcher to earn that distinction.
“It’s a really special moment,” Banks said of his honor. “I’m really thankful just to be able to go out there, compete and get the job done.”
Banks re-wrote the Red Hawk record books on Saturday, tossing a seven-inning perfect game — the first-ever perfect game in CVCC baseball history and the sixth no-hit performance by a Catawba Valley pitcher.
“All of my teammates and my coaches have been really supportive over what I’ve done,” Banks said. “It’s just been an unreal moment. I just tried to stay locked in and focused throughout the game. I wasn’t really thinking about it until the last inning. It was a really big adrenaline rush.”
Banks and the Red Hawks return to action on Saturday with the first two games of a three-game weekend series against Rockingham Community College.