Already two games into the season, McBride has shown extreme poise and growth with her battermate, Falcons ace pitcher Kendall Meehan. In her second year as the starting catcher, McBride has earned the right to call the games herself.
“There’s definitely a little added pressure. It’s my first year calling the games, but it’s an honor to do it,” noted McBride.
When Wednesday’s game against Swampscott was tied in the top of seventh, McBride and Meehan communicated their way out of bases-loaded situation. McBride understood the necessity to keep her defense calm and pitcher alert during a critical point in the game.
”We wouldn’t have her do it if we didn’t have the confidence in her,” Danvers coach Tara Petrocelli said of having McBride call the game. “She knows what’s working and what isn’t. We talk every single inning about what’s going on, so we’re all on the same page. She’s earned that ability and we’re going to give her that.”
A three-sport athlete, McBride has a natural leadership gene. You can hear her from the dugout cheering on her teammates when they’re up at bat.
Her offense has also been stellar over the past few seasons, finishing with a team-high .667 batting average while picking up a Northeastern Conference all-star nod last year.
”Mechanically, Caitlin is unbelievable behind the dish,” noted Sudak. “She reads batters well, has a gun for an arm, blocks fluidly— it comes naturally to her. Not to mention, her bat is deadly.”
Speaking of catchers, Pingree has the luxury of rotating between two different starting catchers — senior Jill Witwicki and junior Kelsey Dion. Witwicki is a three-time Eastern Independent League all-star, while Dion picked up an honorable mention nod last year.