October 5, 2012, Victoria, BC – Victoria pitcher Mackenzie Catto, who played this past summer with the Victoria Premier Eagles and is presently playing fall ball with the Victoria Premier Mariners, has signed a letter of intent to play for the UBC Thunderbirds.
The 6’9″ right-handed pitcher was on hand yesterday at St. Michaels University School (SMUS) for a special signing ceremony with Victoria Eagles coach Bob Mabee and SMUS Head of School Andy Rodford. SMUS coach Ian Hyde-Lay was also on hand to host the ceremony.
Mackenzie Catto (centre) at UBC signing with Eagle’s coach Bob Mabee (left) and SMUS Head of School Andy Rodford (Photo: Mark Catto)
“I am very pleased to be going to play for UBC in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) where I’ll play against some great U.S. College teams,” said Catto in a statement. “I am also looking forward to the outstanding education that I’ll get at UBC, where I plan on working toward a business degree in their Sauder School of Business.”
Mac Catto, here pitching this fall for the Victoria Mariners, is headed to UBC in 2013-2014 (Photo: Mark Catto)
Catto was signed Thursday by UBC pitching coach shawn Corness and is the Thunderbirds first signing for the 2013-2014 intake.
About UBC Baseball
After a 30-year absence, baseball returned to the University of British Columbia in 1997. Since that time, the UBC Baseball program, led by head coach Terry McKaig, has produced impressive results on the field as well as on MLB draft day. UBC has had 19 players drafted by Major League clubs and 8 former UBC players are currently playing professional baseball.