ST. JOHN’S, NL — Three softball players from the Placentia area were honoured last Friday as being among the best young players in Newfoundland and Labrador.
One year after claiming junior female player of the year honours, Brittany McCarthy moved up a rank to claim the 2017 Softball Newfoundland and Labrador senior female player of the year award. Jordan Pomeroy picked up the junior male player of the year award and Marcus Pittman collected minor male player of the year honours. The awards were presented at GlenDenning Golf in St. John’s.
McCarthy, who is from Placentia, was a member of the province’s women’s team at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg and also played in the St. John’s Ladies Fastpitch League with the Diamonds club.
Additionally, she was a member of the highly successful Lafontaine Club in the St. John’s Intermediate Men’s Fastpitch League. Last June, she became the first female player to suit up for a full game in the league, playing in right field for a game against the CBS Storm.
Pomeroy, who is also from Placentia, was a member of the men’s team competing at the Canada Summer Games and played in both the senior and intermediate fastpitch leagues in St. John’s. He was named an all-star in the latter league and earned rookie of the year honours in the former league.
He competed in multiple tournament off the island in 2017 and managed to earn a roster spot on Softball Canada’s Junior Men’s National Team for the 2018 world junior event in Saskatchewan. Softball Canada also named him the 2017 recipient of the Claude Deschamps Memorial Award, which helps players pursue post-secondary education.
Pittman, a young pitcher from Fox Harbour, succeeded locally, provincially and nationally in 2017. He was dominant in leading his team from Placentia to a championship in the U16 boys division of the Const. William Moss Memorial Tournament, collecting four wins, 67 strikeouts and a 0.53 earned-run-average. His numbers were similarly impressive at provincials, and Pittman also competed in the St. John’s Intermediate Men’s Fastpitch League with the CBS Storm.
He competed for Newfoundland and Labrador at both U16 and U18 national fastpitch championships, earning two player of the game awards at the former tournament. His performance as a 15-year-old at the U18 event also earned him a spot on the tryout roster for the Junior Men’s National Team Selection Camp.