Mackenzie Lawter

Halifax County High School catcher Mackenzie Lawter stretches to attempt to tag out Franklin County High School’s Karle Cundiff (8) at the plate on this play in the second inning of a 2017 game at Halifax County High School.

Halifax County High School graduate and current catcher on the Virginia Tech softball team Mackenzie Lawter was recently named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors first team all-state.

Lawter, who joined the Hokies after graduating high school early in January 2018, was in her second full season as a member of the team before COVID-19 ended the season early.

Lawter and her team were both having successful seasons before things were canceled. Virginia Tech softball was 21-4 overall and 3-0 in the ACC after sweeping the University of Virginia before the season came to an abrupt end. The Hokies were ranked No. 16 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll when the season concluded.

Lawter was far from being alone on the VaSID All-State University Division softball team as seven total members of the Virginia Tech softball team were named to either the first or second team. Members also took home three out of the four individual honors. Keely Rochard was named pitcher of the year, Pete D’Amour was named coach of the year, and Kaylee Hewitt was named the rookie of the year.

Lawter played in 20 games in the 2020 season, starting 19 of those games as the starting catcher. She hit .340 in the shortened season with 17 hits in 50 at bats with three doubles, two home runs, eight RBI’s, 11 runs scored and also walked 13 times.

For her career at Virginia Tech, Lawter has a .282 batting average, 51 hits, 38 runs scored, five doubles, 13 home runs, 38 RBI’s and 21 walks.

As a member of the Halifax County High School softball team, Lawter accumulated a number of accolades including being awarded the Frances Mitchell Best All-Around Female Athlete her senior year. Lawter also was named second team all state, first team all-region, first team all-district and the Piedmont District player of the year in 2017.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jkirkland@gazettevirginian.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV