Frederick High School student Madeline McIntyre is beginning her senior year already committed to play softball for a university on a full ride scholarship.
McIntyre is the oldest daughter of Joey and Brandy McIntyre.
Madeline is set to play softball for Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
McIntyre said she visited several schools before deciding on NWOSU.
“I had three real offers to play for colleges but I visited several before committing to Northwestern,” she said.
McIntyre has been playing softball since she was eight-years-old.
“I played soccer first but realized I hate running,” McIntyre said, laughing. “Softball is more fun. I have to run or I know I’ll get tagged out.”
McIntyre said she plays a regular season in the spring and an all-star league in the summer.
“I really enjoy the whole game but I think fielding is my favorite part,” McIntyre said. “I love the challenge of playing third base. It’s a lot of fun. I love the bus rides, the games, practices. All of it.”
McIntyre’s goal for her senior year of softball is to make all-state.
“The hardest part of playing softball is the mental aspect,” McIntyre said. “If you’re in a slump, not hitting, you might not have a positive attitude, but you have to pick yourself up and keep going.”
McIntyre was injured during a tournament a few years ago.
“I tore a ligament in my ankle when I turned wrong fielding a ball,” she said. “I was out for three or four months. It was awful. I was on crutches for several weeks and I couldn’t play. It taught me a lot about patience. My parents have always been there for me, taking me to practices, watching me play. I think my dad wants the McIntyre legend to keep going.”
McIntyre said if she could give an incoming freshman athlete one piece of advice, it would be to never give up.
“Don’t give up. It won’t just come to you,” she said. “Even though it’s a small school, you still have to work hard because it won’t be handed to you. You also have to work hard at school to get good grades. I got everything covered for college because I also got academic scholarships.”
Northwestern softball head coach Jill Webb said that McIntyre will be a great addition to their team.
“I am thrilled Madeline has decided to join our Rangers softball family. She is going to make a great addition and I’m excited to see what the future holds for her.”
McIntyre said she plans to study biology at Northwestern Oklahoma State University before going on to medical school.
Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.