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Senior Helps Teammates Get Confident and Comfortable

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Madison DellaMedaglia makes the catch at first base during a game at Carmel. Credits: Deena Bell
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Mahopac senior Madison DellaMedaglia plays first base for the varsity softball team.

How old were you when you started playing softball and how did you get started?

I started playing in-house MSA at around 6 years old and I wanted to play because I was always at both of my brothers’ baseball games and I knew I wanted to be a part of the game somehow.

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What is your favorite part about being a part of the softball team at Mahopac?

I love the camaraderie our team has. We’ve grown so close over the past two years and we are constantly hanging out even when we’re not on the field together.

How do you see your role on the team and how much do you value being a team captain?

I see myself as the one who builds up our morale and who tries to make everyone on our team feel confident and comfortable. I also try to lead by example and provide the groundwork for underclassmen to follow.

How much progress have you made as a player since you first started?

I feel like both my physical and mental games have improved dramatically and I’m able to pass on that confidence to my teammates. I’m also able to take control of the game rather than letting it control me.

What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you shared with your teammates?

Our team watches Vine compilations and tries to see how long we can go without reciting one.

What was the most memorable part about this past season?

Shannon (Becker) getting 300 Ks in her varsity career, 200 of those just as a freshman!

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My brothers have definitely motivated me to give my all into everything I do. As I have grown I have always watched them succeed and I try to emulate them in my studies and my athletics.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

Not many people know that I am really interested in law and the forensic science and psychology behind why events occur the way that they do.

Do you plan on continuing to play softball in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you choose that school?

I will be attending Binghamton University in the fall and I am considering playing either club or intramural softball.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

I am going to be studying human development and economics and I hope to go on to law school afterward.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

I’m a die-hard Mets fan and my favorite player has to be Noah Syndergaard.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a meet?

My music can go anywhere from Kendrick Lamar to Big Time Rush.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

I would love to be able to pause time so I can relish the good moments and make them last.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

I would love to go to Italy to educate myself more on my own culture.

Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?

My house! My dad makes the best homemade fire-grilled pizza and my mom makes the best sauce and meatballs.

For a young athlete growing up in Mahopac, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the girls softball program and why should they go out for the team?

As I have been in the program for 11 years, I have witnessed extreme progress and change for the better. The softball program is establishing itself and is finally creating a reputation for itself that has never existed before, and I can attribute that to the best coaches I’ve ever had: coach (Amanda) Gambacorta and coach (Cristina) Giansante. If you are considering trying out, I would 100 percent recommend you do because you are not only going to become a better athlete, but a better person. I am so honored to have been a part of the varsity team these past four years, and the program definitely has a big future.

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