McDowell baseball player Josh Maddux came into the Titan baseball program four years ago a young and energetic but unrefined talent on the diamond.
Four years later, Maddux has put in the hard work and is coming out of the program ready to succeed at the next level.
Maddux’s work as a Titan is going to give him an opportunity to further his baseball career at Surry Community College going into the next school year. Maddux made his decision official on Tuesday afternoon and is the fourth of four seniors on the McDowell varsity baseball roster who is going to play in college.
Teammates Kell Smith (Wingate), Juan Campos (King University) and Brycen Seymore (Virginia Wesleyan) had already signed prior to the start of this past season.
Maddux admitted that he was influenced by current Surry CC player and former McDowell infielder Dylan Poplin, who just completed his freshman year. Maddux said the Knights’ baseball program was a great opportunity for him that could lead to additional chances in the future. Tuesday’s signing will officially reunited the two McDowell players next season.
“Dylan told me a lot of good things about the program, and with it being a two-year school, it allows me the opportunity to continue playing the game,” said Maddux.
Surry will be getting an athlete that has molded himself into a team player over the past couple seasons, and a player who has not only grown physically but also mentally as well.
“When you look at Josh and what he has done in four years, not only has he grown physically, but he grew that much more emotionally, mentally, spiritually in all phases of his life, and when all of that changed, he, as a baseball player, changed,” said McDowell head coach Alex Smith. “What a blessing it was for us to have him in the system and the leadership role he took as a senior.”
That maturity showed in his stats as a leadoff hitter and infielder for a McDowell team that finished with a 16-10 mark. Maddux played in every game this year, posting a .350 batting average and a .404 on-base percentage at the top of the order. Maddux led the team in hits (35), and runs scored (34). He finished with one home run, nine extra-base hits, nine steals and 14 RBIs on the season.
Maddux’s production in the leadoff spot helped set the tone for the McDowell offense in 2019.
“He was hitting in a tough spot in the lineup at leadoff but was on base and had hits and did everything that you asked for him to do in that spot,” said Smith.
His leadership and versatility also showed on the field. As a junior, Maddux anchored down the middle of the outfield, starting exclusively in center field. But in his senior campaign, Maddux played multiple infield positions depending on the pitching matchups.
“Josh did a lot of good things for us defensively this year and never played any of it in his natural position of center field,” said Smith. “We had Josh playing multiple spots in the infield to fill any holes we have to make our baseball team better and he never said a word. He just went out, showed his leadership and team-first approach and did the job.”
Surry is a Region X member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The Knights wrapped up the 2019 season recently with a 24-18 overall record and an 11-3 mark in league play.