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May 24, 2013

Former Dalton softball player part of NAIA tournament

Maddie Monroe, a former Dalton High School softball standout, will help lead Reinhardt University into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national championship tournament beginning today with the first round in Columbus.

The Lady Eagles, seeded eighth, will face No. 9 seed St. Xavier (Illinois) at 1 p.m.

A 2009 graduate of Calhoun High School, Monroe pitched back-to-back shutouts against LSU-Alexandria and Belhaven earlier this month in the regional tournament. Kelsey Floyd started the final game, also against Belhaven but Monroe earned her third save of the season by recording the final two outs of the 2-1 win.

Monroe (26-2) has a 1.28 ERA this season and was selected the Appalachian Athletic Conference pitcher of the year for the fourth time in her college career.

Monroe played softball and basketball as a freshman and sophomore at Dalton before transferring to Calhoun a few weeks into her junior softball season. She continued her progress on the diamond at Calhoun, helping the Lady Yellow Jackets finish second in the Class 2A state tournament her senior year.

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