Pisgah’s HR ‘Queen’ inks with Gardner Webb

Just 10 home runs away, Irvin swinging for state record of 37
By Rhonda Byrd | Nov 20, 2012
Photo by: Chuck Fiebernitz Pisgah's Mahaila Irvin

CANTON — Any hope that another college softball program could possibly snag Mahaila Irvin and her mighty bat away from Gardner-Webb just went down the drain.
Irvin, the Pisgah senior catcher, who’s having a record-setting career, officially signed a letter of intent for softball with Gardner-Webb University in the media center Tuesday afternoon.
“I was just looking at the best opportunity for me,” said Irvin. “When I took my official visit to Gardner Webb, that’s where I felt the most comfortable out of any of the schools. It felt like home to me over there. It felt right.”
Irvin slugged 11 home runs, drove in 28 runs and batting .457 in her junior season. In her three-year career, Irvin has belted 27 home runs, which is 10 away from tying the state record of 37 career round-trippers, with 88 RBI.
“Mahaila is the total package and Gardner Webb is getting an outstanding person and softball player,” said Pisgah Head Coach Cyrena Goodwin. “I am just happy to see all that hard work pay off with a college scholarship. It really takes a special person to accomplish what she’s done.”

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