In just the fourth week of 2015 Seawolves Softball season, the California Collegiate Athletic Association and Sonoma named Mayleen Mazon Pitcher/Athlete of the Week. Mazon, a junior, pitches and plays outfield.
The 20-year-old softball player is from Tulare. She graduated from Mission Oak High School in 2012. During her high school career, she was a four-year honor roll student, varsity starter all four years, and was best offensive player. She was team captain sophomore, junior and senior year of high school. She was awarded Senior Athlete of the Year and was 2012 Varsity MVP.
After graduating high school, she continued her education at College of the Sequoias. Mazon also continued to play softball for the community college where she was team captain her sophomore year. From there, she transferred to Sonoma State. This is her first year attending.
“I really loved the coaching staff and the [competitiveness] of the team. I heard a lot of good things about Sonoma, so I was really interested in continuing my softball career by coming here,” said Mazon.
At first Mazon was a chemistry major, but she then decided to change into Human Development. She hopes to connect her new major with softball if she has the ability to get a coaching opportunity, she will have the skills in how to teach and talk to people or players in how to play softball, especially since she knows the game really well.
Mazon has played softball since age five.
“It’s pretty much my whole life,” said Mazon. “My parents really love baseball and girls don’t play baseball, so softball was the closest thing to baseball.”
Going to college and playing a sport can be difficult for some players, but Mazon manages very well doing both. She is used to it since she’s been playing the sport for many years.
“I have practice Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning and then I have class a couple hours after that, and in the rest of the night is when I do all my work,” said Mazon. “You have to remember school comes first.”
Some athletes need people to encourage them or give motivation when playing or outside the field. Mazon has people to support her, besides her team.
“My parents aren’t able to make it to every game, but they’re always online, watching my games, checking up on me, and every gameday calling me to wish me good luck and it helps,” said Mazon.
With support comes good advice. Advice is something that all players take in consideration, whether it’s from coaches, teammates or family.
“Play relaxed when you’re really tense playing. You don’t do your best performance so whenever you’re relaxed and having fun, that’s when you perform your best,” said Mazon.
Mazon has had many accomplishments throughout her years playing softball. Being Athlete/Pitcher of the Week is another one to add to her list, as well as coming to Sonoma State.
“Coming out of high school, I wasn’t thinking I was going to make it to a university,” said Mazon. “My success at the junior college level really made me believe that I can play at a university D-2 level.”
Playing a sport has a big connection in a player’s everyday life. Softball has a big impact on Mazon’s life, mentally, because the sport it all about knowing so much about the game. Just like in life when there are some bad days, there are some bad games in softball.
“Softball is a really mental game. You’re going to have a lot of ups and downs. You’re going to fail sometimes; you’re going to succeed sometimes,” said Mazon. “That applies to life because in life, you’re going to have some bumpy roads, but to be able to over come them is important.”
Mazon will have only one more year of school, meaning one more year of softball. After graduating, Mazon would like to have an opportunity to coach softball. With the Human Development major, she would like to see herself counseling at either a high school or a college, but still be able to coach or give lessons on the side at the same time while having a normal day job.
But before graduating, Mazon has a couple of goals she would like to achieve.
“[Winning] conference would be a goal I’d like to achieve because our team has the ability to do so this year. Another one would be to just have fun and just remember why we are out on the field,” Mazon said.