Pitcher turns lone season at Creekview into college offer
by Chris Byess
cbyess@cherokeetribune.com
December 27, 2012 01:04 AM | 2389 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the signing of pitcher Madison Luck, Reinhardt’s softball program will be adding another Creekview product to its ranks.

A little more than two weeks after making a verbal commitment to play for the Lady Eagles, Luck signed a scholarship on Dec. 13 to become the fourth Creekview standout to sign for Reinhardt in the past two years.

Luck will join current Reinhardt freshmen Audrie Pryor, Alexis Chumbler and Amber Herrington, as well as sophomore Haley Brannon, in Waleska for the 2014 season.

After Luck transferred from North Cobb Christian to Creekview before the 2012 season, Reinhardt coach Glen Crawford was alerted to Luck’s talents by his Creekview counterpart, Chance Cain.

After watching Luck help the Lady Grizzlies finish second in Region 7AAAAA and make the second round of the state playoffs, Crawford offered Luck a scholarship Nov. 5.

When asked why she had first become interested in attending Reinhardt, Luck said that it was the school’s nearby location to her home that first caused her interest.

“I had been talking to some other schools during the season, but they were just so far away,” Luck said. “They just really weren’t working out. I wanted something a bit closer to home.”

After Crawford began attending Creekview games to watch Luck play, Luck decided to take a tour of the Reinhardt campus. It was during her visit that Luck’s choice to attend the school — should she receive a scholarship offer — was made.

“After I toured the campus, I knew it was the place for me,” she said. “I fell in love with it.”

Crawford first became interested in Luck when he received a positive review of her attitude from Cain.

“I know Chance well, and he knows how to judge the attitude and character of his kids, and he talked highly of her,” Crawford said. “The more I saw her, the more I realized that her character and attitude would fit in perfectly (at Reinhardt).”

Along with her attitude, Crawford also saw that Luck was able to pitch consistently at a high level.

“Often times, you’ll watch a kid that has just one outstanding day, and that’s what they’ll get recruited on, but (Luck) was consistent, and that’s what drew me to her,” Crawford said. “The more I watched her play, the more she seemed to hit her spots.”

As for how much time Luck may see on the field in the spring of 2014, Crawford said it was possible that she would be in contention for a spot as a starter. This spring will mark the senior seasons for two of Reinhardt’s top pitchers, seniors Maddie Monroe and Kelsey Floyd.

With only Brannon believed to have a spot secured as a starter when that time comes, Luck will have a chance to win her place in the rotation. And not only does Crawford believe that Luck can contribute in her first year, he also feels that she has the potential to become great.

“I think that she has a lot of upside,” Crawford said of Luck, who finished the 2012 season with a 1.84 ERA and 10 wins. “She’s going to get bigger and stronger and will help elevate the program. She is compact and composed (in the circle), with a very smooth delivery. I think that she is going to be very, very good by the time she graduates. I’m very high on her.”
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