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Security Federal Athlete of the Week: May 1-7

Partnering with Security Federal, the Warren County Sports Authority will honor a standout local athlete each week. The WCSA and the Friendliest Bank in Town love seeing great athletic achievements and there are plenty to pick from every week in Warren County. From winter to summer, spring to fall, and on courts, fields, diamonds, dance floors and anywhere else an athlete can succeed, Security Federal and the Sports Authority are going to be on the lookout for the best of the best!

WCMS Lady Pioneer Maddox Adams

The WCMS Lady Pioneers have been one of the best softball programs in the state the last two years, advancing to the TMSAA sectionals in each season. Right in the middle of all the success has been lefty slugger Maddox Adams.

The eighth grader has been a leader at the plate for years for the Lady Pioneers and she saved her best for the postseason this year. Her hitting, particularly on May 4 in Tullahoma, was a big part in pushing the Lady Pioneers into the final 16 teams in the state this year. She had a three-hit, three-RBI performance against the Lady Cats to help Warren County win 14-13 and claim the Area 6 championship.

It was the final huge performance for Adams, the heart and soul of the Lady Pioneer lineup that pounded out 18 wins in 2022. WCMS finished its season with a 5-3 loss to Siegel last week in the first round of sectionals.

Adams is one of the toughest outs in the state, combining rare power, great speed and the ability to hit to any fields in the batter’s box. She finished the year hitting over .500 for the Lady Pioneers, mashing out over 40 hits as the team’s lethal lead-off hitter.

The stats jump off the page: Adams had an on-base percentage of over .600 (helped by keen eye – she drew over 20 free passes), she easily paced the team by scoring more than 40 times, finished with over 30 stolen bases and only struck out three times in 100-plus plate appearances.

She’s not just an offensive maestro though. Adams is also one of the team’s elite defenders as a lefty catcher. She threw out nearly 20 percent of the runners who tried to steal this year, while also picking off five more. She has a strong arm and can play anywhere on the field.

Adams is part of an elite eighth-grade class (also featuring stars Lola Wells, Kyaira Sharpe and Brooklyn Burkett) that should keep Warren County’s softball future looking bright for years to come.

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