Gillespie signs with Campbell


Meet Madi Gillespie, the 17-year-old daughter of Matt and Anna Gillespie of Bishop and the granddaughter of Harry and Deborah Martin of Kite. She is a senior at Prince Avenue Christian School in Bogart and has started all four years on the varsity softball team.

Gillespie has recorded 146 hits (50 for extra bases), 111 RBI, and scored 114 runs in 131 games for Prince softball. She was 2020 USA Today NE Player of the Year runner-up, along with two-time first team all-area selection, a first team all-region honoree, and a second team all-state selectee after the 2019-2020 season.

Prince Avenue Head Softball Coach Donnie Byrom describes Gillespie as “an exceptional young lady who set her goals early on Division I softball.”

“Madi went about preparing herself, working hard, and training to play at that level. She made our team better by showing character, heart, intensity, and pride in every practice and every play for the past four years. We wish her our best and know she represents all that is exceptional about Prince softball.”

Gillespie signed to play softball at Campbell University under Sharonda “Coach Sho” McDonald-Kelley in Buies Creek, North Carolina.

“I chose Campbell for the beautiful and small campus,” Gillespie said. “It is a good area where I can get a good education. The amazing and supportive coaching staff is also a big factor why I chose Campbell.”

She is excited about what the future holds for her and plans to major in health sciences. Her dream job is with physical therapy focusing on rehabilitation services with geriatric patients.

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