Katie Hagen – Playing Catch & Throwing Strikes
- September 12, 2016
- Posted by: Newbridge Academy
- Category: Baseball
As we all know the average summer vacation is about relaxing, the beach and occasional games of baseball with friends. Well this summer has been far from average for Newbridge Academy’s own Katie Hagen!
What a break out season this has been for Katie. A typical summer of baseball would consist of one National Championship, this year brought her 3 National Championships. Hagen played on the 16U, 21U and Senior Women’s and then 2 International Championships, including 20U Women’s International Cup in the Dominican Republic (Winning Gold).
The highlight is now to close out the summer by making history, being the youngest player to take to the field for the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team, where they won a Silver Metal over the weekend! Competing with the highest level of female baseball, Women’s World Cup, being held in South Korea. Where in her first start pitched Team Canada to a win in 5 innings with a score of 18-4 over India and Katie was on the mound for all innings.
“We are so proud of Katie for setting goals, although to us they seemed quite unrealistic at the time, and working hard to achieve them. Through it all, Katie maintained that characteristic smile that shows her love of the game.” – Carrie and Scott Hagen, Katie’s parents
“Katie being part of the baseball program, Newbridge has really allowed her to work on her mechanics throughout the off-season on a consistent basis. It’s also allowed her to strengthen her body and condition her body. Without such conditioning and the ability to form baseball related activities throughout the entire off season, Katie’s body wouldn’t be able to withstand the level of stress of playing in Bantam AAA in Dartmouth, 21U Nova Scotia Women’s Team, 16U Girls team which extended to Senior Women’s try out. Going into September, Katie is now on Team Canada.
All of this has happened over the course of 1 year, due to the fact that she has had the resources of coaching, facility and tools in addition to her dedication to take her game to the next level. Without these, it would have made this journey much more challenging.” – Trevor Wamback, Newbridge Academy Baseball Directory
“I am very proud of Katie’s recent accomplishment of making the Canada U20 Baseball team and now playing in South Korea at the World Cup. The continued dedication and hard work of both Katie and Newbridge’s baseball instructors Trevor Wamback and Brandon Guenette are exactly what student-athletes at Newbridge Academy are able to achieve. Best of luck, Katie!” – Trevor MacEachern, Newbridge Academy CEO
While her friends have enjoyed their summer in places other than baseball fields Hagen wouldn’t change a thing. “I’d rather be in the sand at the ball field than the sand at the beach.”
We at Newbridge Academy are extremely proud of you Katie and we will continue cheering you on – even if it needs to be in front of our screens at 3:00 AM on the other side of the world!