• Comment

Grovetown pitcher signs with Newberry College

Grovetown pitcher earns college scholarship

Posted: July 23, 2016 - 11:12pm
Noah McBride (second from right), who recently graduated from Grovetown, signed a scholarship to play at Newberry College.  Special
Special
Noah McBride (second from right), who recently graduated from Grovetown, signed a scholarship to play at Newberry College.

Noah McBride didn’t start out as a pitcher.

The recent Grovetown graduate played second base for the Warriors. But during McBride’s sophomore year, coach Nick Wandless decided to add a few more arms to the staff.

“He always wanted to make sure we had enough pitching,” McBride said.

After three years on the mound, McBride plans to do more pitching. He recently signed a college scholarship with Newberry College.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound McBride had no offers when he graduated in May. As fate would have it, he learned about Newberry through a connection while umpiring at Martinez-Evans Little League. He sent the coaching staff some video of him. Later, he received an offer.

“It was definitely one of the luckier things to happen for me,” McBride said.

The 17-year-old McBride, who plans to major in either physics or chemical engineering, said he thought about walking on at USC Aiken.

But after Newberry coach Russell Triplett contacted him, he was sold.

“I really enjoyed how their coaches focus on success after baseball,” he said. “They focus on everyone’s grades. They want everyone to succeed beyond
baseball.”

McBride didn’t see as much success as he would’ve liked his senior season, though he posted a solid campaign. Last season, he went 3-4 with a 2.89 ERA. In 46 innings, he struck out 27 batters and walked only 12.

Now, he gets a chance to extend his baseball career. And McBride said he appreciates this chance to continue pitching.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity. I didn’t think I’d play anymore,” he said. “Having a chance to play four more years is something I will always cherish.”

  • Comment