Division-III Superstar and Golden Spikes Finalist Ryan McCarty Looking To Continue To Rake At The Next Level

Division-III Superstar and Golden Spikes Finalist Ryan McCarty Looking To Continue To Rake At The Next Level

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Division-III Superstar and Golden Spikes Finalist Ryan McCarty Looking To Continue To Rake At The Next Level

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MLB Hall of Fame left fielder Ted Williams once said, “Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.”

If Williams, one of the greatest hitters in the history of the sport, thinks sustaining a .300 batting average is considered “good,” it would be interesting to know what Williams would have thought of Ryan McCarty’s 2022 season.

McCarty, a 5-foot-9 shortstop for Division-III Penn State Abington, posted one of the greatest offensive seasons in the history of college baseball this year: 44 games, .529 batting average, a 1.755 OPS, 29 home runs, 91 RBI and just 13 strikeouts.

In the 2022 season, McCarty had produced video game numbers from the small Division-III school in southeast Pennsylvania. 

Seeing this success come from McCarty should not be a surprise, as the senior shortstop has been dedicated to his craft of mashing baseballs since a young age.

Growing up in the Greater Philadelphia area, McCarty grew up loving the game of baseball. As a shorter middle infielder, it took McCarty a while to adjust to the game at a young age. It took McCarty until his eight grade season to make his middle school team ahead of high school. When arriving at the next level, it took McCarty until his junior year to move up to the varsity level. 

A varsity appearance didn’t happen until McCarty transferred to Pennsbury High School, the local public high school that he lived near. He was added to the varsity team his junior year, but for the first time in his life on the diamond, McCarty struggled. As the competition grew, McCarty struggled; he had around a .250 batting average on the season.

“I think that may have been a great moment for me to realize that ‘hey, how serious do you want to take this’ because I was still feeling that same emotion that I wanted to be a baseball player,” McCarty said. “So, I just continued to put my head down and continue working as hard as I ever did.”

Heading into his senior year, McCarty started to lift and get stronger which paid enormous dividends, as McCarty hit close to the .400 mark and won a state championship with his school. 

But, after high school baseball concluded, McCarty wanted to continue to play the game of baseball. While he had aspirations of playing at a strong Division-I powerhouse, that dream would not be able to become a reality immediately. McCarty decided between three schools to continue playing: Alvernia University, Arcadia University and Penn State Abington, all local Division-III schools.

Ultimately, McCarty chose Penn State Abington, which would turn out to be one of the best decisions he ever made. 

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