BRAVES PLAYER OF WEEK: McCarty a rugged, active catcher for Legion team
Pawhuska High School’s Corbin McCarty has been playing baseball ever since he can remember — and likely even prior to that.
“I started baseball since I was probably three years old,” this week’s E-E Braves Player of the Week said. “I’ve played every summer since then.”
Although not endowed with the traditional catcher’s size and weight in the aft side — he was listed on last year’s Huskie football roster at 5-foot-7, 150 pounds, which might have been a generous assessment — McCarty is as rugged and active a receiver as a coach could want.
In McCarty’s case, what his Bartlesville American Legion coach wants means doubly more than for the other athletes — that’s because the skipper is his dad Pat McCarty.
“It makes it 10 times harder,” Corbin said, and added, with a sigh of resignation, “it’s awful.”
“I feel like his pushing me harder than any other kid is what has made me as good as I am now — and will make me better in the future,” Corbin added.
In addition to his exploits on the diamond, McCarty has adopted wrestling as his outlet in the offseason.
Last winter, he hunkered down on the mat as a 113-pounder for the Huskies.
“I love to wrestle,” Corbin summarized.
But, baseball is THE sport for the gritty warrior.
“I feel like it helps me in all the other sports I play,” McCarty said. “There’s something about it. It’s just America’s sport. … It’s just fun to play.”
McCarty discovered Bartlesville Legion ball three years ago and started out with the Warriors (16-U), when he was 14 years old.
“You can have a lot of fun in Legion ball,” he explained. “It’s a little more laid back. You get to meet kids from all over. You get to meet kids from bigger schools. … You get to learn all kinds of different things.”
A constant for McCarty in his summer ball has been the presence of “my best two buddies, Levi (Juby) and Cooper (Park). I’ve played with (Jacob) Martz since my first year of Legion.”
Rounding out his enjoyment of the playing ball in Bartlesville is being able to call Bill Doenges Memorial Stadium home.
“It’s the best field I’ve played on and I’ve been to a lot of places,” he said. “It’s got lots of history. There are tons of people who come and watch.”
McCarty is one of those colorful and energetic players that help give them their money’s worth.