MADISON TOWNSHIP — Whether she’s in the batter’s box or the pitcher’s circle, Madison’s Sloan Kiser is locked and loaded.
The Richland Bank Athlete of the Week, Kiser led the Rams to three wins last week and was at her best in a 4-0 win over Norwalk in the Division II sectional championship game.
The junior surrendered just three hits and struck out 14 as Madison defended its sectional title against the Truckers on Friday. That performance came on the heels of Tuesday’s 7-1 win over Ashland in which she struck out eight and gave up for hits while going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two runs batted in at the plate.
“Sloan is our No. 3 hitter and our workhorse on the mound,” Madison coach Tim Niswander said. “We go as she goes.
“When she’s on, she can dominate.”
Kiser has been locked and loaded all season. She is Madison’t top hitter with a .493 batting average and a .500 on base percentage. She boasts a Ruthian 1.167 OPS and leads the team with 25 runs scored. Her 19 RBIs are second on the team to Division I recruit Leah Boggs (28) and she has a team-best 13 doubles.
As good as she has been at the plate, Kiser has been just as valuable on the pitching rubber. She is 11-7 with a 2.22 earned run average and 115 strikeouts in 113.2 innings pitched.
“She has multiple quality pitches,” Niswander said, “and she can throw them for strikes in multiple areas of the strike zone.”
Kiser pitched the Rams to a Division II district championship last spring, Madison’s first since 2013. She struck out six and walked one in a complete game 6-3 win over Bellevue.
The Rams will have a chance to defend their district title beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Third-seeded Madison takes on No. 6 Vermilion in the nightcap of a Division II district semifinal doubleheader at Edison High School. Top-seeded Ontario plays No. 2 Bellevue in the early game.
“We’re looking forward to the opportunity,” Niswander said.