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MARBLEHEAD – Sarah Hastings first saw Michaela LeBlanc unleash a pitch at age 13. Immediately, she saw a bright future.
Hastings, 16 at the time, was the lone pitcher on the Marblehead High softball team.
The two were working together at a winter softball clinic the high school team holds every year with players in the town’s youth program.
“I was thinking ‘Wow, she’s really good for someone her age.’
This season, as a junior, she was pretty special.
Despite the Magicians’ first-round exit to Newburyport in the Division 2 North tournament, LeBlanc won 14 games with a 1.98 ERA and raised her strikeout-to-walkout ratio to an elite 7-to-1. More impressively, LeBlanc tied and then broke the school record for career wins. She will enter her senior year with 32 victories in the circle.