Local Teen Meredith McFadden Breaking Glass Ceilings and Baseball Bats
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – One local teen is breaking glass ceilings and baseball bats.
Despite it being a traditionally male sport, Meredith McFadden plays baseball for the Olympic High School Trojans as a catcher.
What Meredith is doing may seem extraordinary to some, but it’s just another walk in the ballpark for her.
“It’s pretty interesting, you get a lot of looks. But, I found my way through it, because I’ve been playing for my entire life, basically.”
The Olympic High School senior catcher has been playing baseball – not softball – since she was four years old.
“It’s just all I know, so it comes naturally to me. I couldn’t imagine making the switch to softball. It’s like if I asked them to go play soccer. It’s a completely different sport.”
Meredith has found her perfect fit on the field.
“I just played catcher right when I started playing baseball. I find I have to prove myself and my strength and how tough I am, so I kind of fell into this position and I’ve loved it ever since.”
Her parents, Mike and Heather, have been behind her every step of the way.
“We’re so proud of her and all she’s done with baseball. She’s played middle school, she’s played high school, she’s worked hard and deserves every bit of it.
Coach Tommy Small says she’s an invaluable player on his team.
“Meredith is a leader, that’s basically the perfect word to describe her. I don’t look at her differently than anybody else. She does everything she has to do and more.”
McFadden has a message for young girls looking to play in traditionally male sports.
“I don’t think anything is stopping you. You have plenty of people that come and try to intercept your path, just move past it, use it as motivation. That’s happened to me plenty of times. You use it to fuel your fire.”
A scholar in the classroom, she’s president of both the Student Spirit Club and the National Honor Society and will finish her senior year with 23 college credits and a 4.48 GPA.
Meredith plans on continuing her baseball career at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and will try out for the USA Baseball Women’s National Team next summer to compete in the Women’s Baseball World Cup.
The Olympic High School Trojans won their doubleheader by scores of 19-0 and 14-0, on their way to a 6-0 start to the season.
McFadden had two hits in two at-bats in the doubleheader.