A former Emmetsburg High School softball standout has been honored for the third time this season by the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for her play.
Maddison Woodruff, a senior pitcher for Coe College in Cedar Rapids, was been named the Iowa Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week during the week of March 30-April 5. This marks the third time this season that Woodruff has received the Player of the Week recognition from the IIAC.
Woodruff appeared in four games during the week, posting a 3-0 record with three complete games and 35 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings. She struck out 15 in a complete game effort in game one of an April 1 doubleheader against Loras (a 6-1 Coe win), then came back in the second game to throw 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in an 11-3 win. Woodruff struck out five in a 3-2, complete-game win over Dubuque on April 5, then took down 13 in a complete-game, 11-3 win over Iowa Wesleyan. The 15 strikeouts against Loras are tied for 13th-most in school history. Opponents hit just .125 against her last week.
Woodruff has been the ace of the Kohawk pitching staff throughout the 2014 season. She currently boasts a 13-1 record with a 2.05 earned run average. She leads the team with 103 strikeouts, while walking just 24 batters. Opponents are hitting just .160 against her this season, and only 11 hits have gone for extra bases.
The daughter of Amy and Steve Woodruff of Emmetsburg, Maddison was a standout pitcher for the Emmetsburg E-Hawks during her prep career, helping take Emmetsburg to the State Softball Tournament and a second place finish in 2009 under Coach Travis Birkey. She was subsequently named to the All Tournament team that season, and following her graduation from Emmetsburg, she was named to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Softball Hall of Fame.