Lady Lions reel-in catcher, first-baseman

Former Yellowjacket keeps strong family ties with SAGU

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Fast-pitch softball often revolves around the batterymates of pitcher and catcher. They can dominate the game.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University, like most every college team, seeks to assemble a deep and skilled pitching staff along with a catcher who can work with and bring out the best in them.

The second-year Lady Lions went 13-24 this spring and graduated Heather Wyatt (Lake Jackson, Tx / Brazoswood HS), their lone catcher. She enjoyed a very productive year on the field as a player and leader.

Head Coach Tim Grant took a solid step towards filling the void when Madison McMahan signed a binding National Letter of Intent as a student-athlete.

At 5-foot-8, McMahan will compete at both catcher and first base when fall camp opens in September. She played at Rockwall High School, which is in the far-eastern Dallas suburb of Rockwall (pop. 38,000).

McMahan was an active member of this year’s Yellowjackets, who went undefeated (10-0) in league play and won the District 12 championship of Texas’ largest schools, Class 5A. They outscored their district foes by a 121-16 margin.

The Jax, under Head Coach Shadie Acosta, won their first two games in the state playoffs. They routed Garland's Naaman Forest, 17-0, in the Bi-District round, then blanked Plano East, 5-0, in the Area round.

Rockwall finished the year by dropping two games in a best-of-three series to McKinney’s Boyd H.S. The Lady Broncos, 25-12-1, registered wins of 3-1 and 1-0 despite being outhit by Rockwall in both games.

In going 17-11-1, the Jackets also suffered six losses to state-ranked teams.

McMahan batted .250 for the season, though she enjoyed productive play in the district. Her most memorable game was going 2-for-3 against North Mesquite H.S.

In that game she ripped a double, drove in two runs and scored twice. She was credited with nine putouts at first base in the taming of the Stallions. During the year she split time with a teammate who earned All-State honors at catcher from the year before. Defense was McMahan's strongest suit.

"Madison has worked hard through the years improving her softball skills,” said Coach Acosta. “She has grown tremendously in both her offensive and defensive abilities.”

“Madison's dedication and determination to becoming a better player contributed to our team’s success,” Acosta continued. “I will always remember her as a selfless teammate who looked at her team like her family. She genuinely celebrated her team’s successes before her own."

Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, home of the "Rajin’ Cajuns," McMahan has already begun her off-season workouts in preparation of maximizing this opportunity at SAGU. She is planning to major in Business Marketing.

Madison continues a strong family lineage with SAGU.

Her parents, Tommy and Shannon, are connected to Southwestern, where Tommy graduated in 1996. He is the Director of Game Changers Ministries. They met at his dad's church in Bossier City, La.

Her grandparents, Rev. Tom and Linda McMahan, who serve as the Presbyter of the North Dallas Section, also are SAGU alums.

Madison is the oldest of three siblings, including brother Cole (11) and sister Katie (10).

SAGU will soon be announcing the commitments of additional players.

The Lady Lions will move from the Red River Athletic Conference to the Sooner Athletic Conference this fall.

The SAC fielded nine women's softball teams this year. Two members, Lubbock Christian University (58-7) and Rogers State University (40-19), are departing the NAIA for Division 2 of the NCAA.

That leaves seven clubs; Oklahoma City University (50-13), Saint Gregory's (35-17), Oklahoma Baptist (33-23), the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (26-26) and Mid-America Christian University (11-37).

Four new institutions, including SAGU, will join the Sooner in the fall; Northwood University (29-20) and Texas Wesleyan University (27-19) from the Red River, and Southwestern Christian University (8-33), from the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Contact: Mark "Link" Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at mwarde@sagu.edu or at 469-658-2847.

Softball News

  • 1
  • 2
Prev Next

OKC tops SAGU; Lee delivers solid pitching effort

Apr 09, 2014 - Softball News

Stars play like No. 9 team, take both ends of twinbill Lady Lions at home versus USAO on Fri/Sat Current Standings:  http://www.soonerathletic.org/   WAXAHACHI...

Read more

No. 8 ranked Stars come out in the daylight

Apr 08, 2014 - Softball News

SAGU softball hosts Oklahoma City today at 2:00pm Campus doubleheader starts 12-of-16 games at home Current Standings:  http://www.soonerathletic.org/ WAXAHACHIE, Texas  ...

Read more
Softball meets No. 5 St. Gregory's today in Ok

Softball meets No. 5 St. Gregory's today in Ok

Apr 03, 2014 - Softball News

Lady Lions shoot for second win over ranked opponent Lee, Coburn could hold the key for upset; follow on LiveStats  Current Standings:  http://www.soonerathletic.org/  ...

Read more
Krock, Hankins, Lee pace softball against MACU

Krock, Hankins, Lee pace softball against MACU

Mar 30, 2014 - Softball News

Lady Lions play 12 of final 18 games on campus SAGU to take on nation's No. 13 and No. 2 ranked teams Current Standings:  http://www.soonerathletic.org/sport/0/7.php ...

Read more
Lady Lions stumble in extra-innings to Northwood

Lady Lions stumble in extra-innings to Northwood

Mar 26, 2014 - Softball News

Three-run HR spoils solid pitching effort by Lee Coach Grant announces schedule change involving ranked teams Current Standings: http://www.soonerathletic.org/ Box Score / Play-by-Play (a...

Read more

Softball team returns to campus home on Tuesday

Mar 24, 2014 - Softball News

Lady Lions host Northwood in 2:00pm doubleheader Current Standings:  http://www.soonerathletic.org/sport/0/7.php Player Statistics  (access below) WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --&nbs...

Read more
Gignac has three hits, but Lady Rams sweep

Gignac has three hits, but Lady Rams sweep

Mar 22, 2014 - Softball News

Freshman outfielder continues solid season SAGU hosts Northwood on Tuesday FORT WORTH, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University freshman Amber Gignac (Houston, Tx) rap...

Read more
Missed opportunities cost Lady Lions at SWCU

Missed opportunities cost Lady Lions at SWCU

Mar 11, 2014 - Softball News

Team raps 17 hits, strands 16 runners in two losses Watch SAGU take on No. 3 Oklahoma City on Tuesday afternoon Current Standings:  http://www.soonerathletic.org/sport/0/7.php ...

Read more
Softball Lions taking their game to Oklahoma

Softball Lions taking their game to Oklahoma

Mar 09, 2014 - Softball News

Team plays six straight north of the Red River Monday and Tuesday doubleheaders set for Oklahoma City Current Player Statistics  (posted below) SAC Standings:  http://www.soon...

Read more
Lady Lions softball splits with Wesleyan

Lady Lions softball splits with Wesleyan

Mar 05, 2014 - Softball News

Coburn blasts HR, Lee hurls second shutout in SAGU history Triumph is a good start for twelve-game road trip Lady Lions have four-game series at No. 19 St. Greg's this weekend ...

Read more
Today's softball twinbill to start at 1:30pm

Today's softball twinbill to start at 1:30pm

Mar 04, 2014 - Softball News

SAGU to take on Texas Wesleyan in Fort Worth WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Today's softball doubleheader between Southwestern Assemblies of God University and Texas Wesleyan University w...

Read more
Softball swept by No. 15  OBU

Softball swept by No. 15 OBU

Mar 03, 2014 - Softball News

Lady Lions show resolve in fourth game with late lead Johnson, Coburn, Maldonado deliver clutch performances SAGU plays local doubleheader on Tuesday night in Fort Worth SAC Standi...

Read more
Softball rained out; SAGU home this weekend

Softball rained out; SAGU home this weekend

Feb 25, 2014 - Softball News

Lady Lions host #15 Oklahoma Baptist at the WSC WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Tonight's scheduled doubleheader between Southwestern Assemblies of God University and Texas Wesleyan Univer...

Read more
Errors costly as softball team swept by U-of-D

Errors costly as softball team swept by U-of-D

Feb 19, 2014 - Softball News

SAGU collects just nine hits; four by Huff, two by Coburn SAGU plays four-game series in Oklahoma this weekend IRVING, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University lost bo...

Read more
Johnson pitches, hits SAGU to softball sweep

Johnson pitches, hits SAGU to softball sweep

Feb 15, 2014 - Softball News

Lady Lions powered by Wyatt HR and triple Team travels to New Mexico for four-game series  WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University swept a softball d...

Read more
Lady Lions lose 10-2 lead, split doubleheader

Lady Lions lose 10-2 lead, split doubleheader

Feb 10, 2014 - Softball News

Wyatt, Jimenez combine to drive in 13 runs SAGU's 17-9 win at Texas College was record for runs Box Scores and Play-by-Play (below) TYLER, Texas  --  After rolling to a 17...

Read more
Softball schedule reveals 25 doubleheaders

Softball schedule reveals 25 doubleheaders

Jan 01, 2014 - Softball News

Lady Lions start on Valentine's Day in Hobbs, New Mexico   Coach Grant and SAGU begin preseason practices in mid-January WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The th...

Read more
Statewide journalists follow SAGU softball

Statewide journalists follow SAGU softball

Jul 13, 2013 - Softball News

Competitive writers, photographers submit entries Here are the Top 3 stories, pictures of SAGU-TWU game WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The second season for the women’s softball tea...

Read more
Lady Lions 2.0 softball was a big hit!

Lady Lions 2.0 softball was a big hit!

Jun 13, 2013 - Softball News

Poovey, Davis-Nance led new cast of players SAGU soars from two wins to 13 in one year WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University softball team of 2013 b...

Read more
Lady Lions enjoy elevated play in 2013

Lady Lions enjoy elevated play in 2013

Jun 12, 2013 - Softball News

Improved softball team looks to continue growth 2013 Team Review WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The difference between last year and this was like comparing chalk and cheese. Southwes...

Read more
Softball pitching its future on hurlers

Softball pitching its future on hurlers

Jun 04, 2013 - Softball News

Right-hander Hannah Lee signs with SAGU Kentucky product bolsters recruiting class WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The soil is so fertile in Kentucky that some regions of the state gave re...

Read more
SAGU signs Houston's Amber Gignac

SAGU signs Houston's Amber Gignac

Jun 02, 2013 - Softball News

Outfielder brings speed and a left-handed bat WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University has announced the signing of Amber Rose Gignac, who will enroll at ...

Read more

 

Fill out my online form.