Chattanoogan Senior Spotlight: Sale Creek Softball

Seniors Madison Stott and Madeline Gentry Lead Outstanding Lady Panthers’ Program

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - by Kevin Llewallyn
Sale Creek's Madeline Gentry, left, and Madison Stott
Sale Creek's Madeline Gentry, left, and Madison Stott

Sale Creek softball’s senior duo of Madison Stott and Madeline Ilene Gentry have been instrumental to the tremendous success that the team has enjoyed over the past couple of years as the Lady Panthers have transformed into one of the elite programs in the state.

 

In the past two seasons, the Lady Panthers have an overall record of 65-17, and have won back-to-back District 4-A, Region 2-A, and sectional championships. Making it to the state tournament in Murfreesboro both years, they advanced all the way to the championship game in 2018 before falling to Summertown to finish as the state runner-up.

 

Now, with a young but promising team this season, head coach Clifford Kirk said that Stott and Gentry were pivotal in their roles as team leaders, often running practices on their own.

 

“These are two of the best leaders that I’ve ever had,” said Kirk, a Hall of Fame coach who has won over a thousand games and ten state championships in his time at Hixson, Soddy-Daisy, and Sale Creek.

“They were really good at helping to explain anything the girls didn’t understand and setting a tone. Earlier this spring when we weren’t allowed to do a lot with the players, they would take the girls and set up workouts for them and we would just be there for liability purposes. I really thought we had a chance this season with so many young players that were tune in to what we were trying to do. This team has gotten along better than just about any other team that I’ve coached.”

 

“They have both been a blessing, and welcomed me into the program with open hearts,” said first-year assistant coach Nikki Robbs. “That is something that will never be forgotten; I will truly miss them.”

 

Madison Stott: Pitcher/Shortstop

 

Stott is a four-year starter who was named the district player of the year last season after leading the Lady Panthers in nearly every statistical category at the plate and in the circle. She will be continuing her softball career next season at Tennessee Wesleyan.

 

“Madison is my number one pitcher and leader at the plate,” said Kirk. “I’m glad that she is going to get the chance to play at the next level and continue to play softball beyond this year.”

 

“She is a stellar athlete driven by her love and passion for the game of softball,” added Robbs. “She displays leadership skills through her actions and has a heart to serve her teammates however she is needed.”

 

In addition to her accomplishments on the field, Stott did dual enrollment classes. She plans on majoring in special education while in college because of her love for teaching and helping kids. She also collected items to take to Cookeville to aid the tornado victims earlier this year.

 

Stats:

 

2018 (batting): .333 batting average, eight doubles, three homeruns, 20 RBIs, 14 runs scored, .878 OPS

2018 (pitching): 13-3, 1.06 ERA, 91 strikeouts, 99.1 IP

 

2019 (batting): .479 batting average, 11 doubles, one homerun, 28 RBIs, 20 runs scored, 1.125 OPS

2019 (pitching): 12-5, 2.33 ERA, 80 strikeouts, 105.0 IP

 

Madeline Ilene Gentry: First Base/Third Base

 

Gentry is also a four-year starter at the corners in the infield. She was named to the TSSAA All-Academic team last season. She plans on attending the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and majoring in pre-dental with the hopes of attending dental school after graduation.

 

“This would have definitely been Madeline’s best year; she had really looked good in the practices and practice games that we had,” Kirk said. “She’s been putting the bat on the ball the best she’s done since she’s been with me.”

 

“Madeline is the mama bear on the team,” said Robbs. “She is always on top of any task leading by example. She has a big heart for the Lord and her teammates. She is also a big encourager and serves her team well; she exemplifies excellence on and off the field.”

 

Stats:

 

2018: .257 batting average, four doubles, one homerun, 12 RBIs, 15 runs scored, .741 OPS

2019: .372 batting average, ten doubles, one homerun, 30 RBIs, 14 runs scored, .959 OPS

 

 

The Chattanoogan Senior Spotlight series highlights local prep seniors whose seasons have been put on hold due to the unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are associated with a high school spring sports team and would like your seniors featured, please encourage the coach to reach out to me at kevin.llewallyn@gmail.com. Also, share this article and others like it from this series on social media using #ChattanooganSeniorSpotlight.


Stephen Cook Is New Hamilton Heights Christian Academy Head Boys Basketball Coach; Zach Ferrell Goes To Eastern Florida State College

Chattanoogan Senior Spotlight: Ooltewah Tennis

Chattanooga's "Scenic City Summer Showcase" Moved To Aug. 6-9


Stephen Cook has been named the new head boys basketball coach at Hamilton Heights Christian Academy. Zach Ferrell is taking a new position as assistant coach at Eastern Florida State College. ... (click for more)

here. The Ooltewah tennis program has three seniors who have dedicated a combined 11 years to the Owls' tennis program. Katelyn Lee and Hope Clark have led the girls' team, while Chandler Cate ... (click for more)

Chattanooga's "Scenic City Summer Showcase," a popular softball tournament, has been postponed. It was originally planned to occur from June 4-7. However, Hamilton County's government recently ... (click for more)



Prep Sports

Stephen Cook Is New Hamilton Heights Christian Academy Head Boys Basketball Coach; Zach Ferrell Goes To Eastern Florida State College

Stephen Cook has been named the new head boys basketball coach at Hamilton Heights Christian Academy. Zach Ferrell is taking a new position as assistant coach at Eastern Florida State College. Officials said, " For a small private school located inside the heart of Tennessee, Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (HHCA) has continued to deliver vastly oversized results in its ... (click for more)

Chattanoogan Senior Spotlight: Ooltewah Tennis

here. The Ooltewah tennis program has three seniors who have dedicated a combined 11 years to the Owls' tennis program. Katelyn Lee and Hope Clark have led the girls' team, while Chandler Cate is the lone senior on the boys' squad. "They are all aggressive, competitive, and committed on the court," said Ooltewah coach Ken Buchanan. "They have been a joy to coach." Katelyn ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Friends Of The Festival Cancels Riverbend 2020

Friends of the Festival, the nonprofit organization behind Chattanooga’s premier music festival Riverbend, has made the decision to cancel this year’s event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, Friends of the Festival is unveiling new plans to continue to deliver music to the city’s riverfront in light of the new realities brought on by the pandemic. In what would have ... (click for more)

Demetrus Coonrod, Other Council Members Call For End To Black On Black Crime; Advocate Peaceful Protest, Not Violence

City Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod on Tuesday night made an impassioned plea for an end to black on black crime. She did so after a recent Chattanooga murder left her granddaughter without a father. Councilwoman Coonrod spoke strongly in favor of protests against police brutality, but said there was no place for violence or destruction as part of that movement. Other black ... (click for more)

Opinion

It's About Time Riverbend Was Cancelled

Since its inception, Friends of the Festival seemed bound and determined to make Riverbend a national event, ignoring the opinions of many Chattanoogans. Riverbend started as a local event drawing on the tastes and desires of local citizens yet has devolved into an outrageously expensive, super-crowded two-week-long free-for-all. Riverbend has drastically deviated from its original ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Two Inches From Hell

By ordinary standards it might be best described as one of life’s worst 1-2 punches, a pair of hard, personal blows that drop you to your knees. True, each devastating blow was uncommonly back to back. But, no, when I learned Wednesday morning that college football icon Johnny Majors had died just some 48 hours after another legend, Auburn’s Pat Dye, it was as though I’d been hit ... (click for more)