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Sisters set the curve



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Madeline and Gabrielle Maday. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
May 16, 2012 - Madeline and Gabrielle Maday share a passion for softball - a passion leading both to no-hitter games, May 5.

Madeline, a freshman at Clarkston Junior High School, pitched her no-hitter against Farmington Hills Harrison for Clarkston Girls Varsity Softball during the Michigan Stars tournament.

The right handed pitcher had 15 strikeouts relying on her curveball and screwball.

"I was feeling really good and pitching really well," she smiled. "My team was doing an awesome job backing me up. I didn't realize it until the end. It was a big moment for me because I am a freshman on a varsity team and I feel like I have to prove myself."

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Gabrielle, a Clarkston Elementary fifth-grader, received the news her sister pitched a no-hitter and was inspired.

"I was really excited," she said. "I wanted to get one, too."

Gabrielle went into the championship game at the Hawks Invitational confident and ready to help her ICE-Black 10U team with their victory and to succeed with her goal.

"She was doing really well," Madeline smiled. "I thought 'oh my gosh, she is going to get it.'"

Gabrielle, a left-handed pitcher, struck out nine hitters and used her curveball and rise ball against the Hawks, to keep her team undefeated in the tournament.

"It was really cool we both got a chance to shine on the same day with a sport we both love," said Madeline.

"Everyone was saying 'oh my gosh, the Maday sisters are on fire,'" Gabrielle added. "It showed you can do something when you worked so hard to get."

Both added softball is in their blood - their mom, aunt and cousins played and their grandfather is not only their pitching instructor but coached for college and high school teams. They plan to continue playing as long as they can.

Though they are working on different techniques in their pitching they help each other.

"Before games she will help me warm up and she knows the things I have been working on," added Gabrielle.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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