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Elite Prospect Spotlight: Erin McDaid; 2025; RHP/1B; 62 mph; LI Surge; NY

LI Surge Fastpitch:

Name: Erin McDaid

Hometown: Smithtown, New York

Grad Year: 2025

GPA: 4.1

Travel Team: LI Surge

High School: Smithtown High School West, New York

Positions: RHP/1B

Height: 5’ 9"

Bat/Throw: Right/Right

Pitching Arsenal w/Speeds

Fastball: 59-62

Screwball: 59

Curve: 59

Rise: 58

Drop: 58

Change: 45

*NOTE: This past varsity season Erin set the school record with 18 strikeouts in a 7 inning game against the later ranked #2 seeded playoff team and finished the varsity season with 209 Strikeouts in 120.2 innings.*

Intended Study Major: Undecided


Twitter: @ erinmcdaid2025

Instagram: erinmcdaid2025


Who are you?

I am a kind and caring person who loves making people laugh.

How did your softball journey begin?

I played t-ball when I was younger but when I moved to Smithtown from Farmingdale I wanted to play softball and as time went on I became more and more interested and competitive to the point where so am now.

What are your greatest strengths as a softball player?

My greatest strength is that I am able to adapt in pressure situations.

What kind of hitter are you and what are your most recent offensive stats?

I am a patient power hitter who is confident in my hitting abilities no matter what the count is. This past season I led my Varsity team in all hitting and pitching areas including Batting .520, OBP .652, hit 3 Home Runs regular season and 1 playoff Home Run.

What is your favorite sports memory and greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement is pitching an 18 strikeout game against the later #2 seed Commack in the regular season. Then later in playoffs we upset the number 2 seed, Commack 4-1. We were an underdog to make the playoffs and then to beat the #2 seed was amazing.

How do you handle adversity and even failure?

I try to stay calm and composed to rely on my abilities and teammates to help pick me up.

How would your teammates and friends describe you?

I think my teammates would describe me as someone they can rely on and have fun with.

Who is your role-model and or idol and why?

I would say one of my biggest role models is my dad because he always pushes me to be the best I can and helps me whenever he can.

If you could spend a day with any softball player, former or current, who would it be and why?

I think I would choose Montana Fouts because overcame so much adversity and pushed herself to become the amazing softball player she is.

Photo Credit: University of Alabama Athletics Department

What is your softball dream/goal?

My softball goal is to win Counties for my high school team and to play for a good college team that best fits me.

When deciding on what college team to play for what are the most important things you’re looking for?

When choosing a college, I look for location, education, good coaching and playing time.

What is your favorite jersey number and why did you choose it?

My favorite jersey number is 16 because my birthday is July 16th.

What other hobbies do you have to balance out softball and your personal life?

Other than softball I like to hang out with my friends a lot. I also play field hockey in the fall and do track in the winter both for my school team. I really enjoy traveling going to concerts with my friends too.

Who would you like to thank for your softball achievements and support?

I would like to thank my parents for all of my softball achievements for being my biggest supporters and helping me through it all. Whether it is waking up at 4 am to drive to a game or working in the backyard, they always make sure that I have the best opportunity to play to my full potential.

Additional Information About Erin

Walk up Song: Run this Town - Rihanna

Favorite Food: Chick-fil-A

Favorite Song: Long Live- Taylor Swift

Favorite Music Artist: Taylor Swift

Favorite Sports Team: Yankees

Favorite Sports Celebrity: Derek Jeter

Favorite Movie: Mama Mia

Favorite Sports Movie: A League of Their Own

Favorite TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy

Favorite Book: The Summer I Turned Pretty

Favorite Travel Spot: Jamaica

Favorite Quote: “I love when people doubt me. It makes me work harder to prove them wrong!”-Derek Jeter

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Published by Elizabeth Perez, Legacy & Legends Softball, August 9, 2023

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