In the spotlight is Auburn High senior Madison Morgan, who pitches and plays first base on the softball team.
Auburn Villager: When did you get your start playing softball?
Madison Morgan: I started playing when I was 5. I watched my sister play when I was younger and I just wanted to keep going when she quit. I wanted to keep playing.
AV: What do you like most about playing softball?
MM: I definitely like the tough situations and it helps you with life situations. And I love all my teammates, and they always have your back in everything.
AV: Do you have a special pitch you like to throw? Do you have a riser?
MM: Yeah, I definitely have a rise. I like throwing a rise, but my best pitch is probably a curve.
AV: What makes a curve your best pitch?
MM: It breaks from the inside of the plate to the outside of the plate.
AV: Growing up, did you have any role models or players you tried to emulate?
MM: No, not really. I just wanted to do it because my sister was doing it.
AV: Do you have any teams you like to follow?
MM: I follow Auburn baseball because my dad has season tickets, and we go and watch Auburn softball sometimes.
AV: How is everything going for the team so far?
MM: Our first game is today, so it's really exciting. We've prepared pretty well, and I'm really excited to see how it goes.
AV: What are your goals for this season?
DP: Honestly, I don't really have any goals, but I would definitely say don't get frustrated because it will get better and take it pitch by pitch.
AV: What are the team's goals for this season?
MM: We definitely want to go to state, but we're just trying to take every game in and do the little things right in order to get there.
AV: As a senior, do you know what you're going to do after graduation?
MM: I'm committed to Montevallo for softball. And I want to major in physical therapy, kinesiology.
AV: How does it feel knowing you're going to continue to play on the next level?
MM: It's really exciting, but I've played with the same people for five years, six years, so it's going to be definitely different and I am going to have to get adjusted to it.
AV: You play first base as well as pitch. Do you know what you're going to play in college?
MM: I'm going to be pitching in college.
AV: Are you excited about that?
MM: Yeah. I'm very excited, but it's going to be hard.
AV: Do you have any hobbies outside of sports that you like?
MM: I just like hanging out with my friends and spending time with family. Softball takes up most of my time, so I can't really do anything else.
Interview by Brian Woodham