For the past dozen years, Saginaw’s Madison Ortiz - or “Chica” - has been on the diamond. The Rough Riders’ No. 1 pitcher this past season helped pitch the program into its first regional quarterfinal round since 2009.
Saginaw finished second in one of the more competitive districts in the state (6-5A) before beating Sherman and FW Arlington Heights in the postseason - its fifth-straight appearance.
Ortiz allowed three hits, one run and struck out seven in a complete game effort during Game 2 over Arlington Heights to clinch a sweep and area championship. She will begin her junior year in the fall and wants to continue playing in college.
What’s your favorite thing about playing softball?
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ORTIZ: I love striking people out.
What are you most looking forward to for next season?
ORTIZ: Watching our new coach Brittany Barnhill and seeing what she can do with our team.
If you could play any other position, what would it be?
ORTIZ: I’d play third base because I have a strong arm.
If you could play any other sport, what would it be?
ORTIZ: I use to play volleyball and loved it. I was very good, but being under 5-foot, I knew I had a better opportunity with softball.
Most memorable moment this past season?
ORTIZ: Pitching against Boswell and winning 1-0. It was so intense.
Career/Major plans in college?
ORTIZ: I want to become a veterinarian because I love animals.
What makes you different than any other person when it comes to sports?
ORTIZ: I view the game as something fun when others take it serious. I play better when I’m smiling, laughing and enjoying the game.
Favorite sport to watch?
ORTIZ: College softball. I love watching the Women’s College World Series.
ORTIZ: I don’t like watching soccer.
ORTIZ: Cheesecake Factory
ORTIZ: The Blind Side
ORTIZ: Million Little Pieces
ORTIZ: Adrian Beltre
ORTIZ: Zac Efron
Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram?
ORTIZ: Twitter (@wowzmadison)
ORTIZ: My neighbor, Griffen Rhea.