They say Walt Disney World is the most magical place on the planet.
That may or may not be true, but a week in the sun and playing top-notch competition may turn out to be the best thing the Madison-Plains High School softball team could have done this spring in preparation for the rest of the season.
The Golden Eagles played four games at the Walt Disney World Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando during the school’s spring break, and while the squad won just one of the four games it played, the positives that came out of the trip should have a lasting effect.
“Our record is 1-3, but the competition was extremely high level,” Madison-Plains coach Kevin Stockham said. “The overall record of the teams we played was 23-3.”
Plains earned a win over a team from Seymour, Wis. and lost games to teams from South Florence, S.C., Pine Richland, Pa. and Wapakoneta, Ohio.
“Wapakoneta was the smallest school we played and I think they are a small D-I school,” Stockham said. “All of the games were competitive, we were just out-gunned. Despite how difficult our schedule is, the South Carolina and Pennsylvania teams might be the best teams we have played in several years.”
Madison-Plains High School was led offensively by it’s veteran group of players who have been in the program for years.
“Shelby Puckett, Tori Bevington and Macey Long knocked the cover off the ball and Courtney Davis did a great job in the circle,” the coach said. “We did learn a lot about our team. We believe we have solved some of our issues from last year.”
The Madison-Plains High School Florida experience was more about getting better every day and less about the outcome of the game played.
“We took 15 kids down with us and for the most part, played the games like scrimmages,” Stockham said. “We were not worried about the wins and losses as much as we were just getting better. Our goal is for those lessons to carry over into the season. We had nine total hours of on-field practice time in 80 degrees and sunny weather which is like gold in Ohio. Add in the four games and lead up batting practice and you can see why we like going down there.
“Our parents made a lot of sacrifices for the kids to go on this trip and I know the kids had a blast.”
While on the trip the team got a chance to meet Stanley Hansen, the Mount Sterling native who donated a new scoreboard to the softball program.
The Golden Eagles were scheduled to scrimmage Division I Hilliard Bradley Wednesday before opening the Ohio portion of our schedule Friday, April 1 at Southeastern. The team will play a home doubleheader Saturday against Marion Elgin and Miami Trace, starting at 11 a.m.
Reach Chris Miles at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.
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