Bligh Madris could not have asked for a better freshman season: .381 batting average, four home runs, and 52 RBI. He was awarded RMAC Freshman of the Year and RMAC Tournament MVP. But his sophomore season did not go as planned.
Nine games into his second season, Madris squared to bunt. The pitch came high and tight, but Madris kept his bat out there and the pitch hit a finger on his left hand. He required surgery to fix a broken metacarpal head in his finger and would miss the rest of last season, but this year he is back with a vengeance and was always confident he would be back to his freshman form.
"I don't feel like there were any doubts because I had so many people behind me, cheering me on, backing me up," said Madris. "I just felt like there was no way I wasn't going to come back and produce again."
Months worth of recovery and training were inspired by Madris' teammates and coaches.
"I'm just so happy to be back, so grateful to be back playing with the guys I love and the guys I call my brothers," said Madris.
Although it was a challenging recovery, his missed season may have been a blessing in disguise.
"In some regards it may have helped him," said Colorado Mesa head coach Chris Hanks. "That old sophomore jinx so to speak after having a great freshman year there's a lot of pressure."
The pressure hasn't gotten to him in his junior season, Madris currently leads the RMAC in batting average at .465 and leads the Mavericks in eight different hitting categories. Although those individual stats are helping his team, he has one goal in mind.
"At the end of the day I really want to achieve a National Championship with these guys and that's the main goal we're working towards right now," said Madris. "Just that National Championship, getting to Grand Prairie, Texas."