After a dominating final softball season, Williamsburg right-hander Madi Ogden was named the Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year on Friday morning.
The award, which was established in 1985, recognizes "the nation’s most outstanding high school student-athletes for their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character."
Each year, Gatorade names a high school player of the year for each state and the District of Columbia for football, volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls track and field, softball and baseball.
Ogden, the Southern Buckeye Conference National division player of the year, went 27-1 this season with 331 strikeouts over 168 ⅔ innings. She struck out double-digit batters in 21 of her 27 starts, posted a 0.04 ERA (just one earned run all season) and finished with 11 no-hitters and three perfect games.
At the plate, Ogden hit .527 with six homers, 35 RBI, eight doubles and finished with a .595 on-base percentage and a .849 slugging percentage.
Ogden helped lead Williamsburg to its seventh consecutive National division title, then threw four consecutive shutouts to help the Wildcats capture a district championship.
Williamsburg's perfect season ended with a 2-1 loss to Johnstown in a Division III regional championship at Wright State University May 29.
Ogden finished her prep career 60-3 overall with a 0.33 ERA and 581 strikeouts to just 69 walks. At the plate, she hit .547 with 26 homers and 165 knocked in. She was a MaxPreps' underclassmen All-American and National sophomore of the year in 2019 and is a two-time first-team All-Ohio selection.
Ogden maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom and graduated as her school’s valedictorian. She also volunteered as a youth math and reading tutor and served as a youth softball and basketball coach.
In the winter, Ogden was first-team SBAAC National and second-team all-district for Williamsburg girls basketball. She averaged 14.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, helping lead the Wildcats to an 18-3 record and a trip to the district finals.
Ogden signed her National Letter of Intent to play softball at Morehead State University last November.