In addition to pitching no-hitters and striking out batters with her arsenal of pitches she carries one of the biggest sticks in select softball. Madison makes opposing pitchers tremble with her size, speed and powerful bat. She plays multiple positions on the field including pitcher, first base, third base and outfield and can run like a deer.
However, what makes Madison McClarity the right fit for the Texas Travelers is she is the product of a great family. Like many 11 year-olds, Madison is a sweet girl, but her family is truly genuine and loyal. It was a tough decision to leave the Arkansas Elite, but moving to Texas from Arkansas made more sense for her to commit fulltime to the Texas Travelers. “I want my daughter playing for a team that is competitive, but has a family atmosphere. I expect the Texas Travelers to stay together and pursue the highest goals as a family” states Rico McClarity, Madison’s father.
“We love having Madison on the team. She is a great athlete and one many people will talk about in the future as she has all the ability in the world. However, what makes her special is she is a team first player and her parents are some of the most genuine people you will meet” adds, Head Coach of the Texas Travelers, Kyle Bennett.
Last year when Madison played for the Texas Travelers part-time she had a .400 batting average and was one of the team leaders in Homeruns, doubles and triples. She won three games pitching for the Travelers boasting a 67% strike percentage with a WHIP (Total Walks & Hits per innings Pitched) of .93 holding opponents’ batting average to a low .136. In addition, her ERA was .93.
The 04 Texas Travelers are a very competitive select softball team and part of a rich tradition of success. Each team at each age group is hand selected. The organization as a whole is small in nature, but has the success and great reputation as the larger organization giving its girls the highest advantage when it comes to their future having sent over 175 girls to play college softball.
The 04 Texas Travelers were chosen by ASA, which is the governing body of softball to represent Texas in the 2015 ASA/USA National Championship held in Normal, Illinois. However, the winning record of the 04 Texas Travelers is not what defines the team. This team was built from the ground up having taken girls out of recreational softball to be able to compete and win at the highest level.
The coaches, led by Coach Kyle Bennett prepare the girls to be strong independent young women. They are getting their players ready to be able to start as a freshman on their high school varsity teams, and with the organizations connection and strong alumni support; the Texas Travelers girls will be able to attract the attention of some of the top softball programs in the country. As a matter of fact, Jordan Strickland, Baylor Bears history making shortstop, is on the coaching staff of the 04 Texas Travelers.
The 04 Texas Travelers is also a fully funded team. This is a plus in today’s select softball world where playing for teams require you to pay for their uniforms, coaches, team lessons on top of the travel expense to play at a high level. The softball players that play for the Texas Travelers save thousands of dollars for their parents because of the support they receive from the continued donations.
In addition to being a fully funded team, the 04 Texas Travelers have a marketing program second to none. DeliveryMaxx has donated its patent-pending services to help market the 04 Texas Travelers as well as each of their players which will help when the girls become old enough to start the recruiting process.
The 04 Texas Travelers are one of the top 10U teams in the country. They will be a first year 12U team, but they have already found success playing in several 12U tournaments recently winning the 2015 Summer Swinging 12U Championship. Even though they have some of the top rated players at their position, the players are always looking to add to the roster giving them a heighten level of competition even in their own club. The players and coaches both agree that their performance at practice, off the field, and tournament play determines their time of play in competition. The coaches look at each player as an individual and identifies how the player can best help the team reach its goals.
The 04 Texas Travelers will be completing their roster for the fall season as they prepare to become 2016 National Champions. For more information about the 04 Texas Travelers visit the team on Facebook or contact Coach Kyle Bennett at 972.679.7702.