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With her parents, coaches and teammates in attendance, West Bladen pitcher Madison Collins signed Tuesday to play softball next season at Southeastern Community College.

“Madison’s a hard worker,” said West Bladen Coach Pam Stephens. “She did a really good job for us. We wouldn’t have had the season that we had or made the play-offs without her.”

Collins posted an 11-13 record in the circle for the Lady Knights with a 5.13 earned run average with 98 strikeouts and 41 walks in 135 innings. At the plate she batted .310 with 4 doubles, a triple, a home run and 15 runs batted in.

“Madison will be a good fit for Southeastern,” continued Coach Pam Stephens. “She would have played the outfield for us if we hadn’t need her to pitch.”

“Pitching. We need her to pitch,” said Southeastern Coach Karlyn Stephens. “Whatever role we have her in, the harder she works, the more playing time that will be available. There is no doubt that she can handle the academics.”

Collins had early interest from Salem College, Wingate University and UNC-Pembroke but decided to continue the West Bladen pipeline to Southeastern. Her former teammate Laikyn Pait was on this year’s Lady Ram team, and Collins makes the seventh player that Coach Pam Stephens has sent to SCC.

“I know Laikyn well, and I know some of the other girls that are there,” said Collins. “I hope to get looked at by a 4-year college while I am there.” Collins is currently planning to enter the SCC nursing program.

Madison is the daughter of John David and Tonya Collins. “Wherever she wanted to go, “ said her father. “We are excited and happy she will be close to home.”