BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston senior Madison Phillips has been named the Delicious Heights Highlander Athlete of the Week for her outstanding performance on both the mound and at the plate helping the Lady Highlanders win 3 out of 4 games this past week.

Last week, Phillips (3-0) hurled  complete game victories against Hopatcong and Scotch Plains-Fanwood in a combined 10 innings of work, while yielding only one earned run. Also in 12 plate appearances Phillips registered six hits (.500) while driving in five runs. Her biggest hit of the week came against Westfield when with two outs in bottom of the 7th inning she doubled in teammate Nicole Trezza for the game winner in the Lady Highlanders dramatic 4-3 victory.

Phillips has been an impact varsity softball player since her freshman year when she opened the 2014 season with a complete game victory over Linden.

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Below are comments from Maddie regarding her past, present and future:

TAPinto: How long have you been playing softball?

Maddie: I have been playing softball since 2nd grade.

TAPinto: Why did you become a pitcher?

Maddie: I became a pitcher because there was no one that pitched at that level, so I thought why not try it. It looked fun and I loved watching the older girls pitch, so that made me want to try it out. 

TAPinto: Concluding the freshman year season you had a severe shoulder injury. How did you bounce back afterward?

Maddie: My shoulder surgery ruined about two years of time that I could have been playing softball and getting better. I just worked even harder than I did to get on the team in the first place, and practiced all the time. Going to all the games when I was hurt  and not being able to play also helped me to realize that I need to get back quickly. 

TAPinto: What's your favorite part about playing on the GL softball team?

Maddie: My favorite part is probably the team spirit we have and the bond we all share. As the season goes on we keep getting closer and closer and it is a lot of fun being able to play and win as a team. 

TAPinto: If you could hang out with one famous athlete for the day, who would it be?

Maddie: I would probably hangout with David Wright because the Mets are my favorite team and I've been watching him for so long. 

TAPinto: What's your go-to pump up song?

Maddie: I don't really have a go to pump up song, but any country song that has a faster pace works because that music is my favorite and gets me in a good mood. 

TAPinto: Do you have any fun stories or favorite moments from playing softball?

Maddie: My favorite moment from softball was winning counties sophomore year because that is a huge accomplishment and everyone was so excited. Honestly, the one story that I really remember was in 8th grade when I dove head first into the fence in softball and messed my face up. That's not fun, but that is the one story I vividly remember the most and it was really funny, but bad. 

TAPinto: What's your favorite part about GL?

Maddie: My favorite part about GL is open campus because we get to stay out longer for lunch  and leave early sometimes and not many other schools get that. 

TAPinto: Are you playing softball at Stockton University next year? What made you decide to go there?

Maddie: As of now I am not playing because I was hurt again during the showcase tournaments and missed out on getting recruited. It is D3, so I can try talking to the coach if I really want to play. I just really liked the school when I went there and it is not too big and not too small, so I think it really fits for me.

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Delicious Heights Highlander Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Delicious Heights, a family restaurant with three locations; Berkeley Heights, Bedminster and Basking Ridge, where it is part of the Basking Ridge County Club operating a public restaurant with outdoor dining, and acting as the banquet caterer, boasting a facility with panoramic views of the sprawling golf course. Visit our website, www.deliciousheights.com for weekly specials including Happy Hour specials from 3-6pm and daily featured dinner and lunch specials. Delicious Heights....where our only limitations are yours!

Delicious Heights is located at 428 Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights. 908.464.3287; 285 Main Street in Bedminster. 908.234.1596; 185 Madisonville Road in Basking Ridge. 908.766.9499.