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July 4, 2014

Salem News 2014 Softball All-Stars

SALEM NEWS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

CAITLIN McBRIDE

Danvers, Junior

Catcher

A 16-year-old backstop, McBride caught every inning of all 22 games for the Falcons this spring. Her defensive presence was just as dominant as her offensive presence at the plate as she served as Danvers’ top hitter in the lineup.

McBride batted .679 including two homers, nine doubles, two triples and 26 RBI. She walked five times this spring and hit for the cycle against Salem in early May.

A tremendous athlete through and through, McBride was named to the Salem News girls ice hockey all-star team this past winter and took home Northeaster Conference Player of the Year honors for softball.

“She’s our team anchor, keeping us focused and competitive,” said Danvers head coach Tara Petrocelli. “She has great game instincts and has a strong desire to win. She is like having another coach on the field.

“It’s comforting to know that with her on your team, you have a chance to win any game. She has a nice way of keeping things light in the dugout and on the field when the pressure is on. It’s a lot of fun to come to practice and coach her.”

McBride will reprise her roll as captain next spring and will continue to be a leader in every aspect for the Falcons.

THE ALL-STARS

KENDALL MEEHAN

Danvers, Senior

Pitcher

Last year’s Salem News Player of the Year and a big reason Danvers won 57 games over the past three years ... Named to the Northeastern Conference All-League team for the second season in a row ... Headed Nichols College in the fall, where she’ll continue her softball career ... Picked up the win for the North in the Agganis Classic ... Batted in the cleanup position for the Falcons, hitting .520 ... A two-year captain, her best performance of the season came against Reading in the first round of the state tournament.

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