Richmond Hill’s Maddie Gorsuch signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to play softball at the University of West Georgia.
“It’s a great opportunity and I know the coaches there can make be a better player, a better teammate and a better person,” she said.
UWG, in Carrollton, is an NCAA Division II school and competes in the Gulf South Conference. The Wolves finished last season 29-24 overall and 17-16 in the conference.
“They have really nice facilities and I loved the campus,” Gorsuch said. “This is a goal I’ve had for a long time.”
The senior received all-region honors the past three seasons for the Wildcats, and was part of two region champion teams that reached the Sweet 16 of the state tournament.
“Maddie is one of the most driven and dedicated players I’ve ever seen,” Richmond Hill Coach Angie Hummeldorf said. “She is a hard worker and with her class and poise, I’m looking forward to watching her take her game to the next level.”
The third-baseman hit .333 this season with 34 RBIs and a team-leading nine homers for the Wildcats, who finished 15-13 overall after reaching the first round of the state playoffs.
She said she’ll most likely play third or be a utility infielder at West Georgia.
“It doesn’t matter,” she laughed. “I just want to play.”
Aside from playing four years of softball for the Wildcats, Gorsuch also played three years on the basketball team.
The basketball team took time out of their practice to attend her signing, adding to a crowd that included the softball team and several baseball players along with coaches and administrators.
“This might have set a precedent for the largest gathering at a signing we’ve had,” Athletic Director Mickey Bayens said. “It’s a testament to the kind of person Maddie is.”