Last year’s high school softball star is this year’s college softball star.
It did not take 2016 Silver Lake alum Maddy Barone long to make a major impact on the Southern New Hampshire University softball team.
Albeit she is only a freshman, Barone has been her team’s most-used pitcher. To start the week, she had made a team-high 23 appearances, including 17 starts, and she had pitched a team-best 109.2 innings. In that timeframe, she amassed an 9-7 record with a 2.87 ERA. She had also struck out 77 batters and hurled seven complete games. Of those six complete games, three were shutouts: February 17 against Le Moyne, March 10 against Caldwell and April 15 against Stonehill College.
At her age, however, many players struggle to find playing time on their collegiate teams. With that in mind, it is safe to say Barone will likely be enjoying even more success in years to come. After all, she enjoyed quite the career at Silver Lake.
The Halifax native, who starred in three sports (also basketball and soccer), was a vital piece of the Lakers success for the duration of her high school career. She went 83-9 and threw 45 shutouts and 10 no-hitters while posting a 0.47 ERA in her career with the team. Albeit she is at college for her pitching, Barone also had a .460 batting average in her varsity softball career. Thanks to that success, she was named the Gatorade Massachusetts Softball Player of the Year last season. She is the only softball player in Lakers history to win the award.
At the start of the week, Barone’s team was 25-19 through 44 regular season games. This week, they were set to compete in the Northeast-10 tournament bracket.