Out of the three seniors on the Chickasha softball team, Madison Snyder is the only player who has been with the Chickasha varsity program all four years of her high school softball career.
On a young team, such experience can prove valuable both on and off the diamond. With the Lady Chicks vying for the state title that narrowly eluded them last year, it helps to have someone who has experienced many good and bad times in the program's recent history.
Playing in the post-season is always tough on the players, this is when the upper-classmen are expected to step up and keep the team thinking positive. Snyder is confident she can step up and be a leader for her team.
“We all just have to stay positive and not let each other get down,” Snyder said.
Snyder started playing as most baseball and softball players do in the wee ranks of t-ball and progressing through little league.
“I started playing t-ball, then I moved into baseball since kid pitch," she said. "And when I could no longer play baseball, I went on to softball."
Her teammates may have changed slightly since she began her time with the Chickasha varsity team, but through it all Snyder said she's had the invaluable support of family.
“My dad has always pushed me to be better, and he’s always been there to help me if I needed it,” Snyder said.
Over the summer, Snyder impressed on the mound as part of a three-pronged pitching rotation that included usual starter Kelsi Gore and Keely Cauthen. When she wasn't hurling one in there, Snyder played a different role at first base, where she expects to spend a lot of time this season.
“I feel like I can do a lot more at first base than pitching, but I love pitching too,” Snyder said.
When the season starts on Aug. 12, the Lady Chicks will have about two months to reach their championship dream. Snyder is very confident her Chicks will take it all this year.
“I’m pretty confident in my team, and I’m really happy with the way things are going right now,” Snyder said.
Coach Dennis Furr is expecting great things not only from the senior Snyder but from his whole team.
“It is a talented group of girls. After finishing as state runners-up last fall and having every starter back, there are high expectations for this team,” Snyder said.