Behind the plate, for Kingsway senior Grubb, is the second happiest place on Earth

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ERIAL – Behind the plate is actually Madison Grubb's second favorite place.

“I love Disney World,” Grubb said. “Disney World is my favorite place to go to. I've been there like 12, 13 times. I do the same things over and over again, but it's awesome.”

On the softball field, though, the Kingsway senior likes being the one with the gear on. It started out as an experiment and grew into a passion.

Kingsway senior catcher Madison Grubb
Kingsway senior catcher Madison Grubb

“I've been playing since I was about 7,” said Grubb, who also plays third base. “I started catching when I was in 10-u. We needed someone behind the plate and I just jumped back there and took it from there. Catching is my all-time favorite position. I just love it.

“I guess it's being in control; seeing the whole field. You're able to control things. You feel like the leader, almost.”

She likes being on the basepaths, too, which is rare for a catcher.

There are plenty of girls in the Kingsway dugout who could run for Grubb.

But why would you run for Grubb?

She becomes an even more potent weapon once she gets on base. Three stolen bases and two runs scored demonstrated the extra level she brings to the Dragons offense Friday, as Kingsway, ranked second in the South Jersey Mean 15, defeated host Timber Creek, 14-6, to clinch the Tri-County Conference Royal Division championship.

Grubb drew a one-out walk in the first inning and stole second. She moved to third as Hannah Weismer reached on an error a moment later, then scored the first run of the game on the front end of a double steal.

“She's fast. She had a stolen base or two today, didn't she?” Kingsway coach Jill Ward said. “I let her run.”

And she can do it with the best of them.

“People are shocked when they see my speed, so I guess it's a good surprise, being fast as a catcher,” Grubb said. “(Ward) calls the steals. She has trust in me, so whenever she calls it, it's all her.”

Ward called it three times Friday. Grubb added a two-run single in the second inning and stole second, then scored on the first of two RBI singles by Delaney Patella.

It's just part of the package you get with Grubb. She runs – but once she gets her gear on, and gets behind the plate, nobody else does.

“She is truly the leader. She's a general behind the plate,” Ward said. “And she's always in control of the game. No one ever steals on her. The respect there – even with some of these really strong teams that we were playing – with them not even trying to steal on her, just shows how good she is. And her energy, her hitting – she can lay a bunt down, she can lay a squeeze down, she can do anything.”

Friday's hit raised her batting average to .469 (23-for-49). She has five doubles, a triple and six stolen bases to her credit, and she's driven in 19 runs.

Put those numbers at the plate, and that presence behind the plate together, and you can't help but have something special. It hasn't escaped the notice of college scouts.

“I'll be at Holy Family University next year to play softball and study nursing,” Grubb said. “I just feel like I'd be a really good nurse. I want to be an oncology nurse. That's my dream.”

John A. Lewis is a sports writer for the Burlington County Times, Courier Post and The Daily Journal. E-mail him at jlewis@thebct.com or follow on Twitter @JohnLewis19. Please consider supporting local journalism with a subscription.

This article originally appeared on Cherry Hill Courier-Post: Kingsway catcher Grubb owns the basepaths, both on offense and defense

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