The game of softball is in the blood of Crown Point (Ind.) pitcher Madi Elish, whose older sister Miranda Elish was Softball America’s 2020 Player of the Year during the shortened COVID-19 season. Now, Madi is ready to make her mark on the softball world.
“I chose Arizona because of the amazing coaches, the family atmosphere and the feeling of it being my second home as soon as I step foot in Tucson,” she said. “I’m so excited to continue growing my skills for the game of softball with all of the knowledge from the coaches and the talented players at U of A. There’s nowhere else I’d rather be.”
Madi is the nation’s No. 21 recruit according to Extra Innings Softball and the No. 40 recruit according to the FloSoftball recruiting rankings.
Here’s the Q&A from part of the interview covering her recruitment to Arizona and getting to play for coach Caitlin Lowe, who has replaced the retired Mike Candrea. The complete interview is in the video below.
What was the recruiting process like for you?
ME: “So when I was on the OC Bat Busters, that’s when they started showing interest in me. And I was super excited. And then I ended up going out to one of their camps, and then invited back for an unofficial visit. And that’s where it all happened.”
For Arizona fans that haven’t seen you play, how would you describe your game?
ME: “I just have a lot of energy. I’ll bring a lot of excitement to the game. Always pumped up after every pitch. So after every pitch, out, whatever it may be, I’m always gonna have that energy with me when I’m playing.”
It’s February and you’re in the circle or at the plate at Rita Hillenbrand with 3,000 Arizona fans cheering you and your team on. What will that moment be like for you?
ME: “Oh, that is going to be insane. I feel like it’s one of those feelings that you’ll never forget. And you just need to be level headed and remember where your feet are. So that’s what I’m going to be doing.”
Madi mentioned that she was primarily recruited by pitching coach Taryne Mowatt before signing with Arizona.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.