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Spring Sports Profile: Maddie Gardner, Sun Prairie softball

04/30/2020, 2:30pm CDT
By Norbert Durst

Name: Maddie Gardner
School: Sun Prairie High School
Year: Senior 
Position(s): Pitcher

Softball Awards/Accomplishments: Three-time team MVP for coach Jamie Olson and the Cardinals... freshman year was named first-team all-Big Eight, WFSCA first-team all-District and WFSCA honorable mention all-state... as a sophomore selected first-team all-conference, Big Eight Player of the Year, first-team WFSCA all-state, first-team all-District, Wisconsin State Journal Player of the Year and Max Preps all-American... led the Cardinals to the 2018 Division 1 WIAA State Title with an undefeated record... as a junior received first-team all-conference, first-team WFSCA all-state, first-team all-district... WFSCA co-Player of the Year as junior... broke program's single season strikeout record twice, record now sits at 339... school record for wins in a season with 27... school record for lowest ERA at 0.76... 

How has not being able to play this spring impacted you? "It has impacted me in so many ways. Normally this is the time where I’m throwing and working out a lot, especially with my high school team. Now I have to adjust my plans and training so I am getting the same amount of work in. And not being able to practice or play with them has been hard, we were all looking forward to the season and playing with each other again."

What do you miss about not being able to play this spring? "I miss playing with my friends, especially since this was my last year. We had so much potential for this season, the girls put in so much hard work this fall and winter it's a shame it had to end like this."

What have you done to stay active? "I still continue to practice and work out. I practice three to five times a week. I am fortunate enough that I have my own facility in my dad's shop where I can
go throw, hit, and workout."

Most Memorable Moment from spring sports? "Winning the (Division 1) state championship with a 29-0 record my sophomore year."

Favorite Professional Athlete: Monica Abbott

Favorite Professional Team: Milwaukee Brewers

Favorite College Team: South Florida Bulls

Favorite Sports Movie: The Sandlot

Favorite Opponent: "I don’t have a favorite opponent because everyone I play is an opponent,I never take anyone for granted."

Favorite Website: Youtube

College Plans: "I will be attending the University of South Florida where I will continue my academic and softball career."

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