DOBSON — Matthew Lambert can now add the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) Division III Pitcher of the Week accolade to his resume. Just four days after his dominant performance in throwing a no-hitter over the defending Region X title owner, Danville Community College on Saturday by a 10-0 mark, Lambert was informed of his newest honor.
Danville Community College competed in the NJCAA College World Series last season. The first matchup in the weekend series sweep was a 15-8 win. The Knights completed the sweep on Sunday with a 16-10 win. Collectively, Surry Community College pounded out a combined 41 runs from 39 hits throughout the weekend.
With back-to-back sweeps, over Danville and two games over Ferrum’s JV team, the Knights are now 13-15-1 overall and 3-0 in Region X play.
Lambert found out he had earned the honor via Twitter when a friend said ‘You got National Pitcher of the Week,’
“To not only throw a no-hitter, the first of my life, but to be honored as the national pitcher of the week is a great honor,” said Lambert.
During Saturday’s contest, game two of three versus Danville, Lambert struck out six and walked only two. The two walks were the only runners to reach base in the no-hitter.
“It’s a big honor and he’s deserving of it,” Surry Community College Head Baseball Coach Tim Collins said. “There are about 95 Division III Junior College teams, so for him to get it out of all of those teams is a pretty big honor. Danville was a World Series qualifier last year, so they have a good program and a good reputation and history of baseball. They can hit the ball, but Matthew did a good job of keeping people off stride. I don’t even remember a hard-hit ball.”
Collins is certain Lambert has a future after his time in Dobson.
“He hadn’t made a decision about where he is going to play once he leaves Surry but he has options. He will definitely pitch beyond Surry,” Collins said. “Matthew is one of our team captains. He is a high-character, quality individual. He comes from a good support system, mom and dad always come to watch him pitch and they are good people. He is a young man I would recommend to any four-year school interested in him.”