Entering the final weekend of the regular season, Madelyn Martin had just eight hits in her last 45 at bats. Frustration had started to grow for the Tallassee senior but Martin came alive at the Tigers’ home tournament to break out of the slump and lead her team to four consecutive victories.
“She started slacking off but then I noticed see started noticing her getting some extra work in the cage,” Tallassee coach Pat Love said. “She’s been frustrated with herself but to see her come out of that this weekend and see how much it meant to her teammates, it just uplifted our team.”
Martin raised her batting average 34 points and her slugging percentage 63 points in just 10 at bats over the weekend. She is the Elmore County Player of the Week.
Martin got things started in the opener against Horseshoe Bend with an RBI single as a part of a five-run inning for the Tigers in a 5-0 victory.
“They feed off of that,” Love said. “When she’s having a good day, we’re all having a good day. Hitting is contagious so when she gets hot, everyone tends to feed off it.”
Martin reached base in both plate appearances in the opener but it would only get better from there. After not recording a hit in her first three at bats, Martin came through with a two-run single off the left-field fence, capping off a four-run inning to give the Tigers a 10-7 lead.
After sitting out the semifinal game, Martin had her biggest day of the season in the championship game. She had three hits and three RBIs, including a home run and an RBI double, for the first time this year and led the Tigers to a 16-0 win against Horseshoe Bend.
“That was her last regular-season game in our park,” Love said. “That was her first home run of the year and it might have been her first homer of her career. It was fitting for the moment.”
Martin singled in the second inning before hitting a home run to left field in the fourth inning, doubling Tallassee’s lead to 4-0. The hit sparked a nine-run inning, allowing the Tigers to pull away for the win in their final regular season game.
“She flirted with that moment with a couple of doubles off the bottom of the fence,” Love said. “She got really close and then she finally got over it.”
Martin has now reached base in six consecutive games, her second longest streak of the season. Her six RBIs during the tournament is the most she has recorded in a three-game span this season.
As Tallassee looks to push toward an area championship and an appearance in the Class 5A state tournament at Lagoon Park, the Tigers will look toward Martin for her leadership. Martin is the only senior on the team and Tallassee will continue to be in good shape if she hits the way she did to end the regular season.
“She’s one of our team leaders,” Love said. “Everyone looks up to her. She puts in the work every day and gives 100 percent every day.”