"I want to go out with a bang this year. I want to have a good year," the York County Tech senior said.
Considering how her first two seasons with the Spartans went, McLane could get her wish in 2012.
York Tech coach Terry Wallace said the two-time Division IV all-star pitcher and third baseman added a curveball to her repertoire.
"It's phenomenal," Wallace said. "She is working extremely hard."
And this is after going 10-4 with 79 strikeouts in 92 innings last season. McLane's development of another pitch might be the last thing the opposition wants to hear.
McLane also will bring her big bat back to the Tech lineup. In 2011, she hit .476 (30-of-62), with seven doubles, a triple and 19 runs batted in. She also only struck out three times while drawing 12 walks.
As one of three all-stars returning to the Spartans lineup, McLane hopes to help them reclaim the YAIAA Division IV title that it lost to Hanover last season.
"It gives the school more pride when the teams do well," said McLane, who returns along with junior Cheyenne Fulcher and 2011 co-Player of the Year, junior Danielle Aikins.
Fulcher hit a robust .455 with 17 RBIs a season ago. Aikins not only hit .576 last season, but 19 of those knocks went for extra bases. She drove in 24 runs, many a result of her 11 doubles, two triples and six home runs. Aikins, however, also is invaluable behind the plate, serving as McLane's catcher.
The two played travel softball together and have developed a solid pitcher-catcher bond.
Of course, it's not as if the McLane family is new to softball -- or York Tech for that matter. Katrina's older sister, Adrian McLane, was the 2010 YAIAA Division IV Player of the Year as a senior. The sisters helped the Spartans to 13 wins and the division title that season.
The girls' father, Chad McLane, helps keep score and chart pitches. Their mother, Becky McLane, can be seen at every game and even picked out the team's sweatshirts.
"After ninth grade, when Katrina wanted to go to York Tech, I was excited I was going to be able to see them play together one more (season)," Becky McLane said. "We haven't missed a (game). I don't know what I am going to do after she graduates."
Katrina got her start in softball almost by accident when she was 8 years old, and Adrian's 12-and-under team needed players. Katrina started pitching that season.
"I got started playing when I was 8 because the team didn't have enough kids," she said. "I saw a girl pitching and that got me interested. It looked fun and was different, instead of throwing overhand."
When asked about his hurler, Wallace simply stated, "Everything looks so natural with her."
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