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By Derrick Smith

Athletes have to put in a lot of time and effort to grow and become better at their sport. While all their work is important, another key component is coaching. Madison Dustman says that her coaches and teammates have made a huge impact on her game. “My coaches have helped me become the player I am today,” she stated. “They put their time and effort into helping me develop. They have given me opportunities that I would not have if they didn’t help me. Also, my teammates have always been with me. I have a very special bond with the girls I play with. They are my sisters, on and off the field. And without my teammates, I would not be the player I am today. They are always encouraging me to do my best.”

A freshman at Maud High School, Dustman plays fastpitch and slowpitch softball, as well as basketball. She has played softball for the Lady Tigers for four years and says she started softball because she wanted to be like the players she watched when she was younger. “I enjoyed watching the high school girls play softball,” she said. “I would see them hitting home runs and making awesome catches, and wanted to try it.”

Madison says that she also enjoys the game because it helps her get her mind off of everything else going on. “It is an escape for me,” Dustman said. “When I step on the field with my team I feel my best. I love the energy and discipline with softball. It’s taught me so many life lessons.”

There have been many people that have impacted Dustman’s life along the way, but there is one softball player that she looks up to. “I really like Lauren Chamberlain,” she said. “She played softball for the University of Oklahoma. She was such a good player and worked really hard to be a great player.”

Getting to where she is today has taken a lot of work, but Dustman says she would not trade it for anything. “It has taken a lot of hard work, constantly working on hitting, and going to lessons. But the work pays off.”

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