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Pidgeon had a strong start

ALLIANCE — Mount Union junior second baseman, and 2017 West Branch graduate, Maddie Pidgeon was off to a strong start for the Purple Raiders’ softball team before her season was halted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Mount Union was only able to get in 14 games this season and Pidgeon played in all of them, hitting .356 with a team-leading 20 RBIs to go with seven steals. She also posted a .412 on-base percentage and six doubles.

The Purple Raiders had gotten off to a hot start when the Ohio Athletic Conference announced on March 12 that it was canceling the remaining spring sports season due to the COVID-19 crisis. Mount Union played its final two games on March 13, finishing its Florida trip with a pair of 4-1 victories over DeSales (Pa.) and Carnegie Mellon for a final record of 12-2.

Over her three-year college career, Pidgeon is hitting .329 overall with eight homers and 53 RBIs. She played in 14 games as a freshman and 36 as a sophomore. Pidgeon was a .400 hitter for West Branch as a senior and earned second-team All-Northeastern Buckeye Conference honors.

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