Madison Softball Team Defies Odds, Advances to Third Round of NCHSAA Playoffs

Madison's softball team, seeded 10th, has pulled off two upsets to advance to the third round of the NCHSAA 2A playoffs. The Patriots will face 2nd-seeded North Stanly on May 14, 2024, looking to continue their Cinderella run.

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Madison Softball Team Defies Odds, Advances to Third Round of NCHSAA Playoffs

Madison Softball Team Defies Odds, Advances to Third Round of NCHSAA Playoffs

The Madison softball team, seeded 10th in the NCHSAA 2A playoffs, has pulled off two stunning upsets to advance to the third round under the leadership of head coach Rebekah Huff. Despite being considered underdogs, the Patriots have showcased their skills, determination, and mental toughness on their remarkable playoff run.

Madison's journey to the third round has been marked by dominant performances against higher-ranked opponents. The Patriots defeated No. 7 Brevard 13-1, scoring six runs in the first inning alone to set the tone. Coach Huff credits the team's success to their ability to perform under pressure, stating, "It helped us to play under that kind of pressure, to have to mentally build back from some losses, but it really helped our mental toughness."

The Patriots' roster features contributions from every class, highlighting the team's depth and talent. Freshman Addie Sams leads the team with an impressive .507 batting average, while junior Carrie Gunter boasts a .417 average and 22 RBI. Coach Huff emphasizes the importance of balancing pressure and fun in practice, "It's something we strive for in practice. We put our girls under some pressure situations in practice, but we also know when to take a little bit of a break and step back and have a little fun in practice too."

Madison's success is even more impressive considering the strength of their conference, the Western Highlands, which sent multiple teams to the playoffs this year. The Patriots finished third in the conference behind strong teams like Owen, Draughn, Mountain Heritage, and Rosman. Coach Huff, who took over the head coaching job from highly successful Western North Carolina coach Andy Gregg, has quickly made her mark on the program.

The Patriots now set their sights on the third round, where they will face 2nd-seeded North Stanly on May 14, 2024. With their confidence riding high and a talented roster firing on all cylinders, Madison looks to continue their Cinderella run and make school history. The team's success has captured the attention of the community, with fans eagerly anticipating the next chapter in this thrilling playoff journey.

Key Takeaways

  • Madison softball team, seeded 10th, advances to 3rd round of NCHSAA 2A playoffs.
  • Patriots defeat No. 7 Brevard 13-1, showcasing skills and mental toughness.
  • Freshman Addie Sams leads team with .507 batting average, junior Carrie Gunter has .417 average and 22 RBI.
  • Coach Rebekah Huff credits team's success to balancing pressure and fun in practice.
  • Madison faces 2nd-seeded North Stanly in 3rd round on May 14, 2024.