A role unlike any other: Stonington softball manager

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ailey McCarney, softball manager, is pictured above with her scorebook at an away game. Said McCarney: “I don’t dress up for games—I usually wear all black and some funky socks.

ailey McCarney, softball manager, is pictured above with her scorebook at an away game. Said McCarney: “I don’t dress up for games—I usually wear all black and some funky socks.

ailey McCarney, softball manager, is pictured above with her scorebook at an away game. Said McCarney: “I don’t dress up for games—I usually wear all black and some funky socks.

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Bailey McCarney, manager of the girls’ softball team, is the sole spring sports team manager at Stonington High. She does not play or practice with the team—but every game, she is on the field, right in front of the warm-up circle, sitting on a Home Depot bucket and keeping track of players’ every action.

“I keep the [score]book,” McCarney said. “I keep the stats: where a hit goes, etc. I keep track of the other team, too.”

It is most important that she attentively record the home games—the home team is responsible for the statistics of a game—but she manages at away games, too.

Her route to this role began as a kid. “I used to play softball…T-ball till seventh grade…but I wasn’t good at it,” explained McCarney, who plays soccer for Stonington during the fall.

When Stonington is up to bat, the coaches venture out into the field, leaving open buckets behind. At those times, the players in the dugout join McCarney on the field to watch the game and make conversation while she does her job. That social aspect is what makes her job more than just a job.

Going into high school, she “wanted to be on the [softball] team…I get to meet a lot of new people that I wouldn’t necessarily meet [otherwise].”

McCarney, who rides the bus with the players to away games and consistently interacts with them during games, is not just some impersonal manager; she is part of the team. No other spring sports team at Stonington has created such a role for a non-player, but it is clearly one that is essential to the success of the girls’ softball team.

If there is anything McCarney would offer in advice to aspiring softball or baseball team managers—“Well, there’s always the potential to be hit by a ball. Watch out,” she wryly chuckled.

 

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