Matt McQuain and Keegan Naugle certainly aren’t very imposing figures when they step on to the baseball field. Both are only about 5-foot-8. Their size, however, has never held them back. McQuain and Naugle have played key roles in Madison Central’s success the past few seasons. They helped the Indians win an 11th Region Tournament title this year.
Next year, the recent Madison Central graduates will get the chance to play at the next level. Both recently signed national letters of intent. McQuain will play at Union College, while Naugle is headed to Georgetown College. “It’s really the same story with this entire group of seniors,” Madison Central coach Steve Roof said. “They work really hard in the offseason and in the weight room. They push each other. It’s something really special. They are really selfless.”
McQuain earned a unique nickname from his Central teammates at his very first practice. The catcher showed up with DeMarini Corndog Bat. “They just called me Corndog from then on,” McQuain said. McQuain split time behind the plate this past season with junior Ben Snapp. He also saw plenty of action as a designated hitter and as a pinch hitter. The senior hit .386 with 11 RBI. He was also a very steady presence behind the plate. “From the first day I stepped onto the field, I wanted to be a catcher,” McQuain said. “It’s the hardest position, but it’s the most rewarding.”
The catcher was getting much attention from college coaches until he was contacted by Union College. “They got a hold of me in the fall and asked me to come down for a visit,” McQuain said. “I went in November. It’s just the right place for me. I really liked it there. I really love the program.” At Union, McQuain will be reunited with former teammate McKinley Sewell, a 2017 Central graduate. “He can hit. He has some tools,” Roof said of McQuain. “In college, he will get a chance to improve. He’s earned it.” McQuain had one of the biggest hits of the season for Central. The senior ripping a pinch-hit grand slam that carried the Indians to a win on the road over Woodford County last month. “That was awesome,” McQuain said. Nathan Hutchinson, 6/22/2018