HHS' Haymaker will play for Alice Lloyd
HUNTINGTON -- Seeing literally was believing for Madison Haymaker.
The Huntington High School softball standout had no interest in Alice Lloyd College before visiting the campus of the Pippa Passes, Ky., school. Now, she will play there. Haymaker signed Saturday to play for the Eagles and said she is looking forward to her college career.
"Originally, I didn't have any desire to go there," Haymaker said. "Then I visited, met the coach and the team and toured the campus and I knew that's where I wanted to go. The other schools I visited didn't even compare to Alice Lloyd. I loved it. I felt right at home there."
The strong-armed outfielder figures to see considerable playing time right away, quite possibly even starting for a team that finished 2013 with a 5-30 record.
"They told me I'd have a good chance to start in center field or other places in the outfield as a freshman," Haymaker said.
Highlanders coach Darren Woody said Alice Lloyd is getting a terrific player and even better person.
"Madison has a good attitude and she's intelligent," Woody said. "She's a strong and dedicated player. She'll be successful at the next level."
Woody said his center fielder and leadoff hitter brings great potential to the college game.
"She's a four-year starter for us," Woody said. "She has one of the strongest arms I've seen and she has surprising power when she gets around on the ball."
The Alice Lloyd campus in Knott County is about a 2-hour, 30-minute drive from Huntington. Haymaker said it's far enough to feel like going away to college, yet close enough to home for comfort.
"I love the distance," Haymaker said. "I can come home if I want to see family and they can come see me play."
Haymaker said Eagles coaches were persistent in their recruitment of her. She said they texted her often to let her know they were interested and to see if she had made a decision on where she would play college ball.
She will join another Huntington native, junior right fielder Chelsea Kitchen, on the Eagles roster.
Alicy Lloyd competes in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, along with Asbury, Berea, Brescia, Indiana Southeast and Midway. All field NAIA athletic programs.
"I'm really excited," Haymaker said. "It's good to have signed and have that out of the way."