MOODY – Madison Sanders signed a scholarship to play softball at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville last week.
She is the 18-year-old daughter of Doug and Tracy Sanders of Moody. Sanders has played varsity softball since the seventh grade. She played three years for Clay-Chalkville before transferring to Moody in her sophomore season. Sanders said she was so glad she transferred to Moody because Moody is completely different from where she came from.
“I love playing for Coach Seymour and Moody,” she said. “I chose Wallace State because they have a real good softball program. I went there for a visit, and it felt just like home to me. They offered, and I accepted.”
After two years at Wallace, Sanders said she would like to transfer to a four-year college if it comes. Her GPA is 3.8 and she plans to major in physical therapy.
In her two years at Moody, Sanders has an overall 41-18 record on the mound, with a 2.72 ERA. In postseason, she has an 11-4 record.
Last year, she tossed 194 innings, a single-season record at Moody, and had 21 complete games, tying Meagan Young for the all-time single-season record. She also was named to the All-State Tournament Team, helping lead Moody to the runner-up position in Class 5A. She was also named to the Honorable Mention All-State Team.
“I am glad I have one more season at Moody,” Sanders said. “Our goal is to win the Class 5A state championship this year.”
Moody softball coach Becky Seymour said she is proud of Madison.
“I have watched her grow, not only as an athlete, but as an individual,” Seymour said. “She has taken on leadership roles within the team, and she has gone above and beyond of anything I have ever asked of her.”
Doug Sanders said he is proud of everything his daughter has accomplished.
“She is a self-made young lady,” he said. “She has worked real hard over the years to get this and to achieve this dream of hers. I couldn’t ask any more of her.”
Tracy Sanders said her daughter has worked very hard to get to this point in her life.
“There were struggles at times, but she worked through those struggles,” she said. “One of the struggles she overcame was her size. She is small, but once she is on the pitching mound, she is just as big as any player out there all because of her strong work ethic.”
Moody High Principal Chris Walters said Sanders is a great student.
“We are so proud of what she has accomplished and the leader she has become,” Walters said. “We are excited she has the opportunity to further her athletic and academic career. We know she will represent Moody High School with class.”
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