By Rick Palsgrove
It’s three championships in a row for the Groveport Madison Cruisers varsity softball team.
On April 29, the team won its third straight Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division title with an 11-4 win over Newark in Groveport. The win was reflective of the team’s season long success that features powerful and explosive hitting as well as potent pitching.
“It feels terrific,” said Cruiser head varsity softball coach Chris Downing after the game. “I told the players at the start of the season that Newark was the team to beat and we did it.”
When asked what propelled the Cruisers to the title, Downing said, “We outhit people and our pitching from Ally Maddy and Kendyll Cahill is precise. This team is resilient, relaxed, and the players are hard working.”
Downing added the team’s hitting and offense, where the Cruisers scored in the double digits in runs in many games this season, is enhanced by the individual attention the players get in batting instruction from the team’s coaches, especially Assistant Coach Myron Kern.
Senior shortstop Lanie White, who is a team leader in batting average and home runs, said accumulating championships is the teams goal.
“It’s so exciting,” said White. “We’ve been looking forward to this since the beginning of the season. Three championships is so much better.”
White said the team has a strong work ethic and the older players help the younger players.
“Everyone on the team does what they need to do to win,” said White. “Everyone is clutch.”
The team now looks ahead to the upcoming Central District tournament.
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