VALE — Matt McBride, Vale’s Swiss Army knife, will be continuing his baseball career in Pendleton as he signed his letter of intent to join the baseball team at Blue Mountain Community College on Thursday afternoon.
“I was really looking at Walla Walla Community College and Blue Mountain,” McBride said. “It’s a rural environment and that’s really big for me because I live on a ranch with 1,000 cows. They’re both really good, but I just felt like I fit well in Pendleton.”
McBride said he will be a pitcher and outfielder for the Timberwolves. As a junior, McBride was named the EOL’s Player of the Year, as well as the first team all-league pitcher and catcher.
McBride said he may be moved to catcher in the future, but right now the Timberwolves have four sophomore catchers so it makes more sense to focus on pitching and fielding.
McBride said he’s currently got all of his focus on getting healthy, as he suffered a serious shoulder injury (on his non-throwing shoulder) during the Vikings’ football game at Burns on Friday.
“Just getting in the gym and getting stronger,” McBride said. “Like, I’m already a fit guy, but I want to get stronger. But be a better baseball player and be a better teammate. You can always be a better teammate.”
McBride said he plans on studying agriculture business.
A rodeo competitor, McBride said he won’t be participating in rodeo but is excited to see the Blue Mountain Community College’s team compete, also the Pendleton Roundup.