Athlete of the Week: Caitlin McCann

Athlete of the Week

SOLVAY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — She’s one of the most dangerous hitters in Central New York entering the day with 36 RBI — that’s the second most in Section III.

Solvay junior Caitlin McCann has been a problem for pitchers all season. In a five-game stretch this season she hit 24 RBI including a grand-slam and a walk-off home run.

“I just felt more confident, like when we were playing Marcellus I just got up to bat and I had this feeling I was going to get a home run and then I saw one pitch and I was like okay. It felt good too, and after that, it just felt right,” McCann said.

McCann was made for the big moment. Her freshman season she brought in the winning run to give Solvay its first state championship in 31 years. 

“I was so nervous like my whole body was shaking. I couldn’t even hold my bat. It was probably the most pressure I felt in my whole life, but it totally paid off,” she said.

McCann has one more season at Solvay, but she already knows she wants to be a lawyer when she gets to college. But she doesn’t want to put away the batting gloves just yet.

“Never knowing what’s going to happen, one play can change a whole game. It’s just exciting,” McCann said.

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The Byrne Dairy and Deli NewsChannel 9 Athlete of the Week is designed to honor Section III varsity members who embody the true meaning of student-athlete.

The award recognizes more than just athletic ability, it recognizes a student-athlete who thrives in the classroom, on the athletic field and in the community.

Athletes can be nominated by a coach, athletic director or teacher. Please send your nominations to Sports@LocalSYR.com.