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D.H. Conley softball player Maggie Craig (middle) poses with family after signing to play for Pitt Community College.

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Friday, February 22, 2019

A pair of Pitt County softball players have joined the already plentiful group of local athletes to sign for college athletics teams this year.

Wednesday afternoon, Farmville Central star Kate Lancaster made her commitment official after signing with Pitt Community College. Lancaster will have another Pitt County athlete joining her on the Bulldogs, as D.H. Conley catcher and infielder Maggie Craig. Craig signed with PCC on Feb. 12.

“I wasn’t ready to give up softball,” Lancaster said. “After our first game, I realized it was my last first game, and I just wasn’t ready for that. So I decided that I was ready to play college ball.” 

Lancaster has proven to be a reliable offensive weapon for the Jaguars. As a sophomore, she broke the school record for stolen bases in a season, finishing with 25. As a junior, she once again broke the record, upping her total to 28.

“She is just an offensive machine,” Jaguars head coach Shawn Talbott said. “What’s great about her is that she’s not just a good player, but a good person.”

Lancaster is set to once again be the leadoff batter for FC, a squad that graduated just one senior last year, returning the vast majority of an already talented roster. 

The Jaguars will open the regular season on Feb. 27, when the host J.H. Rose.

As a junior, Craig netted 16 runs off 34 hits, tallying 16 RBIs. Her power showed in the Vikings’ lineup, as she knocked 17 of her 32 hits for extra bases, including 16 doubles.

“I’m really excited,” Craig said in a text message to The Daily Reflector. “I’m looking forward to being a part of the Bulldogs.”

Craig said PCC earned her talents after she formed a close connection with Bulldogs head coach Jennie Harp.

“I really connected to coach Harp,” Craig said. “I also liked the idea of being at home, so that’s a bonus too.”

Before heading to PCC, Craig will spend one final season with the Vikings, who kick off the season on March 1 when they host Cleveland. 

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.

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