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Monticello’s Hayley Shifflett commits to George Mason softball crew – The Every day Progress

She also registered nine stolen bases and turned in a .983 fielding percentage at catcher to garner All-Central Virginia and second team Region 3C honors.

Shifflett did not have a chance to build off those numbers last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately for Shifflett, the lost season didn’t have a major impact on her recruiting opportunities. Shifflett had interest from a number of schools before ultimately finding a home at George Mason.

“Mason has the academic area, size, environment, softball program and everything that I was looking for in a college,” Shifflett said.

The Monticello standout found an instant connection with interim coach Justin Walker and assistant coach Megan Walker, which made the decision a no-brainer.

“I really liked the coaches, as well as the facilities,” Shifflett said. “They like that I’m versatile. I’m an overall good athlete. I have a good worth ethic and that I hit left-handed.”

College softball will be a new challenge for Shifflett in more ways than one. Not only will she test her abilities in the always competitive Atlantic 10 Conference, she will do so at a different position.

“They recruited me as primarily an outfielder and to hit,” Shifflett said. “It’s a huge honor and it’s something I’ve worked for since I was seven years old.”

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