Shown in the picture of Brown signing are (front left to right)  Olivia Brown, sister; Madeline; Lisa Pilgrim Brown, mother; Michael Brown, dad/coach, (back l-r) Coach Farrell and Coach Murray.

Former Thomson High School catcher Madeline Brown signed to play softball at Salem College, located in Winson-Salem, N.C.

Friends and family gathered around her for a signing ceremony at her church, Fort Creek Baptist, July 9.

She started playing softball at the age of five with the recreation department. At age 12, she  began playing travel softball.

Brown played for Thomson-McDuffie Middle School starting in sixth grade and then went on to play varsity all four years at Thomson High.

“Her determination is what set her apart from other people,” said THS Head Coach Danny Farrell. “Day in and day out, if something needed to be worked on or fixed, she would work on it. She would cut the lights on in the cage and hit and hit and hit.”

 She has been playing for the Thomson YardDogs travel team since 2013. The YardDogs are coached by Marquis Murray and her dad, Michael Brown.

Murray said she was one of just two remaining girls from when the team was formed and is the 16th member of the squad to earn a scholarship to play college ball.

“The biggest thing is she is a hard working kid,” said Murray.

Murray said in her eight years of playing with the Thomson YardDogs she was very dedicated and only missed one practice. That sole practice that she missed was because she was sick.

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