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Jack Stevens
Jack Stevens at the plate in a recent contest.
photo courtesy of Catawba Valley Community College Athletics

CVCC’s Stevens Named NJCAA Division 2 Player of the Week

Catawba Valley Community College outfielder Jack Stevens has been named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Player of the Week.

The NJCAA announced Stevens’ honor on social media on Wednesday.

A sophomore from Lenoir, Stevens batted .625 last week with three doubles, two homers and 11 RBI. He also scored five runs, drew one walk and stole one base, leading the Red Hawks to wins in each of the four games that he played.

“It is exciting to receive this honor,” Stevens said. “Our team is capable of achieving a lot this year, and I’m pumped to see what else will happen.”

The highlight of Stevens’ week came on Sunday when his two-run home run powered Catawba Valley to a 4-3 walk off victory against Guilford Tech in game three of the two team’s conference series. That win gave the Red Hawks a series sweep.

Stevens credited his weekly performance to the time he’s spent recently with Red Hawk assistant coach Houston Wright.

“I was working with coach Wright on punching the baseball, being aggressive with pitches in the zone and taking advantage of the pitchers mistakes,” he said. “That work paid off this past week.”

Stevens currently leads CVCC in several offensive categories, including hits (27), doubles (9), home runs (5), RBI (29) and stolen bases (5).

This is the 15th time in Red Hawk baseball program history it has received a weekly NJCAA honor and the first time since Reece Landmark received the honor for the week of May 4-11, 2021.

The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team returns to action on Thursday for a single nine-inning game against rival Caldwell at L.P. Frans Stadium before playing a three-game conference series this weekend with Southwest Virginia at Henkel-Alley Field.