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Woodruff To Be Honored At State Softball Tourney

By Staff | Jul 21, 2011

Maddi Woodruff, pictured pitching at the 2009 State Softball Tournament, became one of 320 Iowa girls to achieve 100 victories as a pitcher and was honored for the accomplishment at the 2011 Girls State Softball Tournament Thursday night. --Dan Voigt photo

Even though Emmetsburg’s Lady E-Hawks aren’t playing in the 2011 Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Girls’ State Softball Tournament in Fort Dodge, Emmetsburg will be in the spotlight during special ceremonies tonight (Thursday, July 21). Emmetsburg graduate Maddison Woodruff will join six other players from across the state to be honored by the IGHSAU in a special ceremony at 7 p.m. in recognition of being 100 Game Victory Achievers during their high school softball careers.

Woodruff, the daughter of Steve and Amy Woodruff of Emmetsburg, becomes one of 320 pitchers in Iowa girls’ high school athletic history to achieve 100 career victories as a pitcher during their high school careers, in a sport that began in the state in 1955.

Woodruff began her career as a Lady E-Hawk in the 2006 season and despite a diminutive 5’3″ stature in the circle, she quickly established her reputation as a quality pitcher not only in the Lakes Conference, but across the state as well. Maddi earned varsity letters for all five years she played for the Lady E-Hawks and was selected to the Lakes Conference All Conference four consecutive years as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior, as well as being named to the Class 2A Northwest Iowa All District team all four years.

As a freshman, Woodruff earned All State Honorable Mention from the members of the Iowa Softball Coaches Association, and then went on to be named to the Iowa Girls First Team All State squad as a pitcher for her sophomore, junior and senior years, earning Elite All State Team Honors as a junior and senior. During her prep career, Woodruff and the Emmetsburg Lady E-Hawks earned trips to Rogers Park and the Girls State Softball Tournament in 2008, when they finished seventh in Class 2A, and returned to Fort Dodge in 2009, where they finished as runner-up in Class 2A.

It was in 2009 at the Girls’ State Softball Tournament that Woodruff became the only the 43rd pitcher in Iowa Softball history to throw a no-hitter in a state tournament game. Maddi was subsequently named to the Class 2A All-Tournament Team as a junior. Additionally, Woodruff was named the Iowa Network Services player of the Week in Iowa during the 2009 season.

Woodruff not only excelled on the softball diamond, but also earned Academic All-Conference honors in basketball as a senior, and also qualified for appearances at the State Track and Field Championships as a freshman and junior, where she ran in the 4×100 and 4×200 meter relays for Emmetsburg.

But Woodruff’s star has shown brightest in the pitching circle. Wearing Emmetsburg’s colors, she accumulated a record of 106 wins against 33 losses, and tallied 1,450 strikeouts for the Lady E-Hawks.

After graduation from Emmetsburg in May of 2010, Maddi has continued her softball career at Coe College in Cedar Rapids and helped the Kohawks to the school’s 11th appearance in the NCAA Division III Softball Tournament and a 38-11 record on the season.

After completing her freshman season at Coe in 2011, Maddi served as the Freshman Softball Coach at Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School during the recently completed 2011 softball season, where she also serves in the capacity as pitching coach for the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Softball program.