Trinity College softball senior captain Maddie Spencer-Orrell is no stranger to perseverance. A student-athlete who spent most of her final collegiate year juggling two theses, an on-campus job, and the upcoming softball season, it would a gross understatement to suggest that she was anything but busy, over-worked, and in search of a much-needed break. Hungry for self-improvement, Spencer-Orrell has taken it upon herself to get the most out of her senior year, both on the softball diamond and in the classroom. However, she has never been one to take the easy way out.
Flash back to spring of 2017, and Spencer-Orrell would tell you how ecstatic she was to begin pitching for the Trinity Bantams. A stand-out hurler for the Northfield-Mount Hermon School, Spencer-Orrell was ready to take the next step into collegiate softball. To her surprise, however, she finished her rookie year making only three appearances in the circle. Unhappy with how her inaugural season ended, Spencer-Orrell looked within herself to make the necessary changes to her game.
“I focused on what I could control, what I could improve,” Spencer-Orrell says when asked what she planned to do to earn a starting spot. “So for the first two years, I worked on mechanics and getting my movement pitches down.” Spencer-Orrell could tell that the work she was doing behind closed doors was pushing her in the right direction. Despite limited chances on the field, she prided herself on being the best teammate should could be. In the dugout, Spencer-Orrell could be seen encouraging the players around her, always cheering loud for those on the field.
“That’s definitely what happens when you’re part of a NESCAC school,” she adds. “All the people come from schools where they were ‘that guy’.” Spencer-Orrell understood that nothing would be handed to her at the collegiate level, and continued to work in the weight room and on the mound.