Batting .300 or above in softball, where hits can be tough to come by, is considered an All-Star type performance. Yet Olivia McClammy’s success rate at the plate was much, much higher.
McClammy, a 2021 Greenwich High School graduate, was indeed the bright spot for the Cardinals softball team during the spring season. She posted an eye-opening batting average of .600 with six home runs and 30 hits on the season. A catcher, the right-handed hitting McClammy finished her Greenwich softball career with a team-record 23 career home runs. Her 110 career hits ranks second to 2012 GHS graduate Erica Ambrogio (111 career hits) who serves as one of the Cardinals’ assistant coaches.
The power-hitting catcher graduated from Greenwich’s softball team with honors, earning CHSCA Class LL All-State accolades and All-FCIAC First Team recognition.
“I was so happy and very grateful that I got chosen for the All-State Team,” McClammy said. “The softball program at Greenwich has been amazing. I enjoyed going out on the field every day. Softball provided an escape from what has been going on in the world and MB (head coach Mary Beth Fratello) and the coaching staff has been great. I am a better player and person because of the years I spent playing softball at Greenwich.”
The career statistics that McClammy registered were compiled in just three seasons, instead of four. Like every team, Greenwich’s 2020 softball season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was hard losing last season, which made us appreciate this season even more,” said McClammy, who also received All-FCIAC Second Team honors as a sophomore in 2019.
McClammy was one of only three seniors on the Cardinals’ 2021 team, which included six freshmen, three sophomores and one junior. Since most of the players on the team lacked varsity experience, the season was a struggle for Greenwich, which posted only one win, but the squad still showed improvement during the season, which McClammy noticed.
“This season, the team was really dedicated to coming to practice every day with a good attitude,” said McClammy, who served as one of the captains, along with seniors Chloe Smith and Kayla Darling. They really wanted to work hard and learn and the coaches were great. Even if the wins weren’t there, they worked really hard. I think the team has a bright future.”
The next chapter of her softball career will take place in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, as she will play at Swarthmore College.
“I am so excited, I love the program there,” McClammy said. “The coach is amazing, I got to know the team a little bit through a Zoom meeting a little while ago.”
Coached by Melissa Finley, Swarthmore’s softball program has a successful tradition, posting a record of 49-31 over the past several seasons.
“The team has very strong players,” McClammy said. “There is a catcher there now that is very good. I am also an outfielder, so I am looking forward to playing any position and helping the team out.”
McClammy is spending the summer playing for Connecticut Impact – a travel softball team that includes players from Fairfield Ludlowe, Masuk and Cheshire, to name a few schools.
“A lot of girls from that All-State Team list are on the team and I enjoying competing with them,” said McClammy, who in preparation for playing at the collegiate level, is increasing her weight training and running routines.
Soon, McClammy will depart Greenwich for Swarthmore in the fall, where she will begin her college experience.
“The school’s academics are amazing, so I’m looking to balancing the academics and athletics,” she said. “I’m looking forward to learning and on the softball field, I’m hoping to make myself a better player and maybe even learning a new position to get into the lineup.”