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March 24, 2013

Around the Horn with Haverhill softball star Caitlyn McHugh

With 98 career hits and 75 career runs, Caitlyn McHugh is already one of the most prolific softball players in the region in years.

Some wondered if she could continue to put up the big numbers at Haverhill High, after she transferred from Whittier just before the softball season last spring.

The big jump to the Merrimack Valley Conference slowed her little as she made Eagle-Tribune All-Star while batting an even .500 (32 for 64) for the Hillies.

Haverhill coach Andy Reusch loves having her for more than just her sweet swing.

“She’s just a delightful kid,” he said.

In this week’s Around the Horn, the 5-foot-2 senior talked about her love of hitting, her love of television and movies and her decision to transfer.

What are your goals for this season? “I really want to keep my batting average around what it was last year. I want to improve and get ready for college and win some games for my team.”

Coach Reusch said you really work on your hitting. What do you do to stay sharp? “I’ve been to a lot of clinics. A lot of working out on my own at Cedardale. I practice there all the time.”

How did you get into softball? “My dad coached me from 8-14. He played baseball for Suffolk and UMass Dartmouth.”

Any other athletes in the family? “My mother, Lori McHugh, was a gymnast. My sister, Devyn, plays varsity volleyball and softball at Governor’s Academy. She’s a sophomore.”

What’s your favorite personal athletic achievement? “Making Eagle-Tribune All-Star last year was pretty great. That was my goal my whole high school career.”

Why did you transfer from Whittier? “I really wanted to do something different with my academics. I transferred a week before softball last year. I got my coach from Whittier to sign the waiver. She was very supportive. It was the hardest thing I had to do. It was really hard to leave my coach and my team.”

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