After a frustrating freshman season at Marshall, former Woodside pitcher Brett Mays is coming home to what he calls “a Division III team with a Division I feel.”
Mays has decided to transfer to Christopher Newport University, where he have three seasons of eligibility remaining. He will be playing for Captains coach John Harvell, who he has known since his day in Little League.
“Things didn’t work out at Marshall as I envisioned they would, and I knew Coach Harvell growing up and playing with his son, Brandon,” Mays said. “They recruited me out of high school and he always told me if I needed anything to come and let him know.
“When the time came, I called him up and asked, ‘Can we work something out?’ And we just took it from there.”
Mays had an outstanding senior season at Woodside, where he went 9-1 with a 1.68 ERA in 2011. He had signed the previous fall with Marshall, but as a freshman he only saw 4 1/3 innings of work.
At CNU, Mays will be joining a program that is coming off a 34-10 season that ended in the NCAA Division III National Championships.
Two starters on that team were transfers from Division I programs. Catcher Matt Shoemaker, originally from Menchville, began his college career at Virginia Tech. Christopher McDougal (Poquoson) played his freshman year at Liberty.
“They’re bringing in guys who played higher levels but things didn’t work out,” Mays said. “There are good guys coaching the tam. I’m excited to get there in the fall.”
Mays said he also considered a pair of community colleges — Lenoir and Louisburg — in North Carolina.
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