It’s a dream come true for Madi Sue
When she was in fifth grade, Madi Sue Montgomery came down with Whooping cough and was stuck in bed.
Montgomery whiled away the hours at home watching the Women’s College World Series on television.
That’s when her dream of playing in the Women’s College World Series started.
“I remember just being glued to the TV and watching it and being in awe of those players,” Montgomery said.
Montgomery’s dream will become a reality when No. 13 Oklahoma State faces No. 5 Florida at 6 p.m. Thursday in an opening round game at the Women’s College World Series from USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium-OGE Energy Field in Oklahoma City.
“I just hope that some little girl watches the game and loves the way I play,” Montgomery said. “Maybe I can be someone she wants to be someday and I can be a good role model for her.”
Montgomery, an all-stater from Centennial, is the driving force for the Cowgirls squad that upset defending national champion Florida State in the Super Regionals.
“She takes care of business and plays the game right,” Centennial softball coach Shannon Sullivan said. “She’s the oil that keeps the motor running.”
Sullivan knows a thing or two about playing softball in college. In 1998, Sullivan was the starting shortstop on an Oklahoma State team that played in the WSWS. Former Centennial assistant softball coach Ashley Boyd played catcher on the Cowgirls team that played in the 2011 Women’s College World Series. Boyd is now the head softball coach at Humble Atascocita High School.
“I’m so excited for Sue,” Sullivan said. “She’s dreamt about playing in the College World Series like any other girl playing softball. Now here she is being able to represent our town. It’s awesome.”
Going into tonight’s game, the senior second baseman holds 11 Oklahoma State records. Among those are most games played (241), most games started (241) and most consecutive games started (241).
Montgomery and Oklahoma’s Sydney Romero, the 2019 Big 12 Player of the Year, are the only two players in Big 12 history to hit 30-plus home runs, 50-plus doubles and 200-plus RBI in their careers.
In the Cowgirls series-clinching wins over Tulsa in the regionals and Florida State, Montgomery had a hand in the final out.
Against Tulsa, she caught a soft pop up and in the win over Florida State, she fielded a grounder and fired the ball to first for the final out.
Montgomery said both plays seemed to happen in slow motion.
“Against FSU, I was just thinking ‘please let me catch this ball and throw it to first,’” Montgomery said. “It was great to hear our crowd go wild and know we were going to the College World Series.”
Montgomery said the fact that she will be playing in the Women’s College World Series probably won’t hit her until she is at the stadium in Oklahoma City.
“It’s kind of crazy to think this is my last year of softball,” Montgomery said. “I just love the game of softball whether it is the friends it has given me or the life lessons it has taught me. It’s pretty crazy.”
Montgomery has already graduated with a degree in marketing and sports management. She is now working on her masters in leisure studies.
Next season, she will serve as a graduate assistant coach for the Cowgirls.
Throughout her senior year, Montgomery has been supported by the Burleson community including the likes of Burleson ISD Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson, Centennial Delta House Principal Scott Shaha and her best friend in Burleson, Megan Benson.
“I can’t tell you the amount of support I have gotten from people in Burleson,” Montgomery said. “I could go on and on listing people who have reached out to me. It’s just cool to have that kind of support.”