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Haverford High's Newman succeeds at pitcher and catcher
Kate Harman, For The Inquirer Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014, 3:01 AM
Most local players, coaches, and teams know Haverford Highs Bridget Newman as a pitcher. With good reason, too.
An imposing figure on the mound - she stands 6 feet tall - the senior for the Fords has made her mark over the last three seasons as one of the top hurlers in the Central League.
Last week, Newman played shortstop for a couple of innings, impressing coach Bill Whitney with a play she made on a ground ball. She can mind third base, too - shes got a great arm.
Although she pitches and sees some time in the infield for Haverford, shes actually a catcher.
At least, thats her favorite position to play.
Shes the best player in the league, Whitney said. She could be the best at any position. Shes just an amazing athlete.
She could be a coach on our team - she is that knowledgeable, Whitney added. She just knows the game better than anyone Ive been around.
One would think that on the mound is where a player would feel most in control, that a pitcher has more power than other individual on the field.
For the Kutztown recruit, that isnt the case, however. When she is wearing the mask and the chest protector, she feels she is fully managing the game.
I feel like I am so much more in control of things, Newman said. Im more vocal behind the plate.
She likes being able to move infielders and outfielders around to the right positions for the situation, figuring out what pitch to call based on the batters hands, and throwing runners out when they try to steal.
It is the strategy of the position that Newman thrives on.
Newman, a self-proclaimed contact pitcher who doesnt concern herself with striking many batters out, has helped Haverford (3-1, 3-1 league) win two Central League titles, one outright in her freshman year and one shared with Upper Darby a season ago.
Also a lethal power hitter, she said the Fords, especially the seniors, talk about being the first group of players to win three league titles in four years in program history.
But a win in the District 1 Class AAAA tournament has remained elusive for Haverford.
Ive never been past the first round of the tournament, Newman said. It is mind-blowing.
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