Shore softball stars competing at the national level

CAMBRIDGE, Md. – Local athletes are finding ways to get their share of reps during the Coronavirus pandemic.

There are some local softball players taking their talents to the national scene, like Cambridge-South Dorchester pitcher Madison Pleasants, and Kent Island’s Emily Blum.

Pleasants plays on the 16U squad, and Blum on 18U, in a showcase and travel ball style league called Heart of America.

Pleasants posted a video to Twitter over the weekend slashing a base hit to center field while playing in Tennessee.

These athletes are playing to win one of four regions nationwide, and compete for a championship later this summer in St. Louis.

Pleasants says playing in this softball league has been a big help after missing out on her junior season. And by playing against athletes from across the country, it gives her more experience against more diverse competition.

“This is allowing me to face competition from around different states to see what different states have. Because when you go to different ones. California is based off of slapping and small ball, so that includes bunting… We’re not used to that small ball game, and it’s definitely allowed me to grow and learn as a pitcher where I need to throw the ball when someone is trying to bunt… It’s definitely making me smarter, so I know what to do come high school, and it’s allowing me to be able to locate my spots better.”

Madison is a member of the Class of 2021, and will be returning to Cambridge-South Dorchester for her senior season.

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