Trump Set To Join Lady Pirate Program
Trenton High School senior Madi Trump became the second signee of the season for the North Central Missouri College Lady Pirates softball program on Tuesday. Trump signed a national letter of intent in the THS commons, officially becoming the catcher of the future for NCMC.
In Trump, North Central gets an all-district and all-region catcher who was as good at the plate as she was behind it. Trump hit .450 last season, belting two home runs and driving in 23 RBIs. Her efforts helped Trenton to a 15-5 record and a Class 3, District 15 runner-up finish.
For Trump, choosing North Central came down to a familiarity with the team.
“A lot of my teammates from my summer team last year are also going to NCMC this year,” Trump said. “That kind of made me decide to stick around here and play with some of those girls that I already knew.”
Playing in that summer league at the highest level will also give Trump an advantage competition-wise when she gets to the next level.
“I don’t think it will be much of a difference because I have played summer ball for a long time,” Trump said. “Playing in the 18-and-under A group is a lot tougher than the B or C groups, so I think the competition level will be about the same.”
Lady Pirates’ Head Coach Megan Cairns has had her eye on Trump since the Lady Bulldog catcher was a junior and hit .367 with two home runs and 21 RBIs, helping Trenton to a district title.
“I have been interested in Madi since I saw her play for Trenton as a junior,” Cairns said. “She has a tremendous presence behind the plate, a solid understanding of calling a game and is nearly flawless on catching fundamentals. I fully expect her to be our everyday catcher.
“Madi is also going to be a great addition to our line-up. She always finds a way to get on base, whether that be by a hit, walk, hit by pitch or causing the defense to make a mistake. Madi will make an immediate impact for our team and I believe her skills will translate well into the college game.”
What Trump gives NCMC goes beyond the diamond. The Lady Pirates get a player who has been a leader for the Lady Bulldogs as much off the field as on it.
“Madi is a great example of what coaches want from their athletes,” Trenton Head Coach John Cowling said. “She does well in the classroom and sets a great example for all of the players in our program on and off the field. I feel like she’s been our leader the last two years. Her performance on the field has improved each of the last four years and this year I felt like she played at an all-state level. She’s the type of player her coach could put at any position – besides pitcher – and Madi would have success.
“Losing a three-year starter at catcher is always difficult for a program, but so much of what Madi has done for us the last three years can’t be measured by numbers. I think NCMC is getting a special player who will have success at the next level.”
Trump will enroll at NCMC this fall, joining the Lady Pirates for the 2014 scrimmage season and the 2015 regular season.
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