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August 30, 2013Nick Madrigal is a rising junior shortstop and second baseman at Elk Grove High who recently committed to Oregon State University. He was a member of the USA 14U National Trial team and also has put up big numbers his first two years with the Thundering Herd batting .374 with 40 runs, 40 hits and 18 runs batted in last season.
Nick fell in love with Oregon State, comparing it to his high school in that the Beavers have great tradition and an amazing baseball program. "I really like the coaching staff, I also like how the baseball program is very historical, coming from Elk Grove which is a historical program too Oregon State has the same feel," said Madrigal. The school itself is a really nice campus with a great education system, it is also a college town and everyone wears black and orange, that is what it's all about."
This past season, the Herd won the program's seventh Sac-Joaquin Section Division I North title since 2002. Elk Grove knocked off defending champion Franklin, scoring three runs in the 5th inning to win 4-2. Fittingly enough, Madrigal, who was playing third base at the time made a running catch for the final out of the championship game.
The Herd shortstop is not worried about his stats for senior year, but is more focused on his team defending its championship. "We want to be right back in the section championship, that's all I am worried about, what I can do to help my team be right back in that situation," said Madrigal.
The standout middle infielder picked up baseball at an early age. At the age of five, he was the bat boy for his older brother's team and the sport has stuck with him ever since. Outside of baseball, Madrigal is a normal kid who enjoys golfing, fishing, and spending time with his family.
"It means everything to me to be around my brother's friends and him. I was raised around a baseball family," said Madrigal.
As a rising star, Madrigal has two more chances at a couple more championships at Elk Grove and a chance to build an amazing legacy there. With Oregon State going 52-13 last season eventually losing to Mississippi in the College World Series, Madrigal has a great opportunity to also enjoy team success at the next level.