Holmes Community College sophomore infielder Madison Fields has signed a national letter with Mississippi University for Women and will play next season in Columbus.
Fields of Raleigh played centerfield last season for the Lady Bulldogs and batted .231 with 21 runs scored, 25 hits, seven doubles and 11 RBI. She also had 12 steals. She had a .971 fielding percentage. Through the first two games, she is batting .250 with one hit.
"It's really exciting," Fields said. "It's something that I've dreamed about since I was a kid being able to play not only at a college but a university and a higher level.
"I'm really excited that I got the chance to play at Holmes," she said. "I love it here. I love the coaches, but I am excited I get to continue my career and move on."
Fields thinks her defensive ability is her strength as a softball player. "I definitely feel that I'm a better defensive player than I am in the box, but we are going to try and change that this season and even it out a little bit and be successful at both."
As far as MUW is concerned, she thinks it's going to be a great fit. "When I went on my visit up there, I loved it," Fields said. "It was like an instant thing. I feel in love with the campus and met the coach. She's always been very nice over the phone, but when I met her in person I really liked her. She had a really good idea where she wanted to go with the program. It's something I wanted to be a part of as well."
Fields, a secondary education major, plans to be a history teacher. "I was able to meet with the guy who is in charge of the history department (at MUW), and I want to be a history teacher," she said. "He gave me a lot of tips and pointers and it's going to work out well."
Holmes Head Coach Ricky Casey said he's proud Fields has a chance to continue her playing career at MUW. "It's the best thing for our program when a kid moves on to the next level," Casey said. "That's one of the first questions we get when we are recruiting a kid. If you get two or three to move on that's pretty good because the league is very competitive. We are going to have several. The thing I'm proud is that the kids we send on are really successful, and that's the thing we are trying to promote.
"As for Madison, she's a great player and work hard," he said. "She can play any infield position and any outfield position. She has good speed and knows the game and is really smart about running the bases. She's got a strong arm. She's not a vocal leader, but she leads by example and works hard."
Holmes is scheduled to play in the Hinds Community College Tournament tomorrow in Raymond.