Augh­in­baugh named Mary­land Ga­torade POY

Ryken grad­u­ate gar­nered am­ple ti­tles this spring

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com Twit­ter: tblack­somds1

In the weeks lead­ing up to her fi­nal high school softball sea­son in the pitch­ing cir­cle, re­cent St. Mary’s Ryken High School grad­u­ate and ris­ing Ford­ham Univer­sity fresh­man Madi­son Augh­in­baugh com­piled a list of things she wanted to ac­com­plish dur­ing her se­nior sea­son with the Knights.

Not long af­ter com­pet­ing in her fi­nal game, one in which she fanned 24 bat­ters while de­liv­er­ing 272 pitches dur­ing 18 in­nings against Bishop O’Con­nell (Va.) in the Wash­ing­ton Catholic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Cham­pi­onship game at the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kesing­ton, Augh­in­baugh quickly be­gan check­ing off her list. O’Con­nell even­tu­ally won the WCAC ti­tle game in 19 in­nings, 7-2.

“The first item on my list was the WCAC ti­tle,” Augh­in­baugh said. “That didn’t hap­pen, but we played 18 in­nings to a 2-2 tie so it wasn’t like we got beat. The teams were dead even. The next thing was WCAC player of the year and then Ga­torade Player of the Year for Mary­land. A girl [Ni­cole Stock­ing­ger] from Sher­wood got it the year be­fore and she de­served it, but I wanted to get it this year.”

While Augh­in­baugh did not at­tain the first item on her list, she has since found a suit­able re­place­ment. Augh­in­baugh, who re­ceived three back­packs and three bot­tles of Ga­torade along with the ti­tle of Mary­land’s Ga­torade Player of the Year, was also named to the Premier Girls Fastpitch North­east Re­gion All-Amer­i­can Team. North­ern grad­u­ate and ris­ing Univer­sity of Mary­land fresh­man Kas­sidy Cross was also cho­sen.

“Hon­estly, I had never heard about the PGF team un­til this year,” Augh­in­baugh said. “It was re­ally an honor to be cho­sen for that team. I re­ally wanted an­other WCAC ti­tle. That would have been some­thing to cel­e­brate with my team­mates. I re­ally could not have done any­thing with­out my team. Those girls around me were great. I could not have suc­ceeded with­out them.”

Dur­ing her se­nior sea­son with Ryken, Augh­in­baugh went 18-1 with 241 strike­outs and only 36 walks and an 0.45 ERA in 141 in­nings of work. She also helped her own cause at the plate as the Knights lead­off bat­ter, hit­ting .415 (37 for 89) with 11 dou­bles and one triple, scor­ing 30 runs and driv­ing in 13 more. She stole 28 bases in 29 at­tempts.

Coin­ci­den­tally, Augh­in­baugh gar­nered the ti­tle of Ga­torade Mary­land Softball Player of the Year ex­actly 10 years af­ter Knights pitch­ing coach Me­gan El­liott, a Calvert High School and Ari­zona State Univer­sity grad­u­ate, re­ceived the honor.

Augh­in­baugh con­cluded her ca­reer with a 77-10 record and 0.61 ERA in 562 in­nings of work, col­lect­ing 871 strike­outs along the way. She also bat­ted .490 with a .525 on­base per­cent­age, 144 runs scored and 74 RBIs and she suc­cess­fully stole 101 bases in 102 at­tempts.

“She is the com­plete softball player,” Ryken head softball coach Jim Sewell said. “She’s a fierce com­peti­tor in all facets of the game. She’s a dom­i­nat­ing pitcher and she chal­lenges and re­mem­bers each bat­ter to sys­tem­at­i­cally de­feat them. Be­cause of her, we went from 4-12 in the con­fer­ence to 19-5 her fresh­man year and we reached the [WCAC] ti­tle game. She pitched for four years and we were in the WCAC cham­pi­onship game all four years.”

Augh­in­baugh plays for the New Jer­sey Chee­tahs 18-U Premier team each sum­mer, but her pitch­ing days will be very lim­ited this sum­mer. Soon af­ter the WCAC ti­tle game, Augh­in­baugh had surgery to re­pair a torn lig­a­ment in her right thumb and she does not ex­pect to re­turn to the cir­cle un­til Au­gust.

“Right af­ter they looked at the X-rays they told me that I needed to have surgery right away,” Augh­in­baugh said. “I had a soft cast on all sea­son, but I can’t do any­thing for a cou­ple of months now. I ba­si­cally have to re­learn how to use the lig­a­ment in my thumb.”

In the days af­ter the WCAC ti­tle game, Augh­in­baugh went to watch Ford­ham com­pete in the At­lantic 10 Cham­pi­onship at Amer­i­can Univer­sity in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., but at the one game she at­tended the Rams lost. So Augh­in­baugh opted not to re­turn.

“My dad [Rob] and I went to see them play in the A-10 tour­na­ment and they lost to Day­ton,” Augh­in­baugh said. “So, we de­cided to stay home and watch the rest of the tour­na­ment on TV and they won it. Next year it’s go­ing to be at Ge­orge Ma­son, so I’m ex­cited about com­ing back here to pitch.”

FILE PHOTO BY TED BLACK

St. Mary’s Ryken grad­u­ate Madi­son Augh­in­baugh was re­cently named as Mary­land’s Ga­torade player of the year.

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