Carlie Corrigan had just pitched another solid game in a Super Essex Conference (SEC) battle, at Columbia. And while Caldwell finished on the short end of an exciting 3-2 game, Columbia softball coach Cliff Smith couldn’t help but compliment Corrigan’s consistency.
“That kid battles,” said Smith afterward of Corrigan. “She’s always around the plate, never walks anyone. It’s a well-earned win for our team, against her.”
Carlie was an excellent batter, as well as the team’s top pitcher in 2018. (Photos courtesy of Mike Teshkoyan. Click on photos for larger image)
Corrigan, a senior, turned in a tremendous season for the Chiefs, as Caldwell won an SEC Liberty Division title.
“It was a good season,” said the always upbeat Corrigan, who speaks like another coach on the field. “We had lost a lot of really good seniors after last year, but some talented freshmen stepped in and played well and Nicolette (Luzzi) transferred here and she really gave us a lift at the top of the lineup. Nicolette’s aggressiveness was a big boost for our team.”
Caldwell finished 17-7 this season and was 68-33 during Corrigan’s 4-year career.
Corrigan and her twin sister Michaela are the daughters of Kim and Bernie Corrigan. Carlie will attend Alvernia University, in Reading, Pa., while Michaela, a cheerleader at Caldwell High, will be a freshman at Marist College this fall.
Carlie will play softball at Alvernia, where she hopes to pitch. In the classroom, she will major in Occupational Therapy.
“There’s a 5-year program at Alvernia in Occupational Therapy, where I’ll earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree,” Carlie said. “I’m really excited about it. I’m looking forward to playing softball there and they have the major I was looking for. My mother owned a daycare center, and I was able to shadow some of the workers there, which got me interested in Occupational Therapy.”
Carlie has been playing softball since she was 8 years old. She started as a second baseman before taking pitching lessons. On occasion, she played second base in high school.
Her pitching stats were outstanding. In 2018, Corrigan was 11-5 with a 1.21 ERA and 100 strikeouts. At the plate, she hit .357 with 18 RBI and nine doubles, Corrigan also fielded her position very well, with a .988 mark.
Corrigan’s competitiveness was also evident. After being on the short end of the aforementioned 3-2 loss at Columbia, on May 18, she came in to clinch a 2-1 win over the Cougars a week later, on her home field. Corrigan then pitched a complete game as Caldwell secured a league championship by defeating Newark Academy in the season finale, on June 4.
“It was nice winning a conference title,” said Corrigan. “I really enjoyed playing here, especially this season. And I can’t say enough about our coaches Mike and Mark (Teshkoyan). They both taught us much more than playing softball. They made us really good players, but even better people. Coaches Mike and Mark are two tremendous coaches. They’ve been so successful for many years at Caldwell. They were always looking at the positives about playing and competing. I’ll always be grateful.”
While her high school career is concluded, Carlie is excited about Caldwell’s chances in 2019.
“There’s a good group of talented girls returning next season,” she said. “(Fellow senior) Taylor Stafford and I are confident that Caldwell High will have an excellent team.”
Caldwell won its season finale in 2018 to clinch a Super Essex Conference Liberty Division title. (Click on photo for larger image)