Senior Elizabeth McCarthy, of St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock, has signed her national letter of intent to play softball for the Longwood Lancers. The award-winning pitcher, of Dunnsville, said she is excited about the opportunity.
“It was the best feeling in the world,” said McCarthy. “Everything I worked towards has come true and all the hard work has paid off. It’s almost an un-describable feeling.”
McCarthy said a positive about the whole matter is that she won’t have to spend time applying to colleges.
“Ever since I was 13 to 14 years old it’s been my dream to play a sport in college,” said McCarthy. “Last year actually I would have told you that I never would have been at Longwood because I never toured it and had an idea of what I thought what Longwood was, but I was completely wrong.”
McCarthy said she soon fell in love with the school and enjoyed the small college atmosphere.
“I know its cliché, but don’t read a book by its cover,” McCarthy said.
Before McCarthy enrolls at Longwood, the 5’11 senior said she would like to win a state championship.
“We are going to the championship. We’re going all the way and that’s my goal for this year,” McCarthy said, adding that sophomore catcher Susan Spence has been working with her to prepare for the season.
The senior has been a member of the Northern Neck Rage and Richmond Ruckus 18U Gold Travel Softball Teams.
McCarthy is a three-time member of the all-league of Independent Schools Team, three-time member of the all-state division 2 team and member of the Softball Sports Plus All-Classic Tournament Team.
At St. Margaret’s she is a three-time MVP (2 co-mvp awards), two-time recipient of the highest batting average award.
During her time at St. Margaret’s she has played basketball for three seasons, volleyball in addition to softball. She plans to continue playing basketball and softball for the Scotties before attending Longwood.
“I’m just really looking forward to it and hope I can implore people to work hard like I did,” McCarthy said. “If you have a dream, go for it. You might end up with a college scholarship like I did.”
Elizabeth is the daughter of Chip and Lucie McCarthy.