MADISON — There have been many memorable moments for Logyn Estes during her softball career at Madison County High School.
She captured a state championship as a sophomore and has led the Mountaineers to three straight state tournament appearances. The East Carolina University signee admitted one of her more memorable moments on the diamond came last week in a 9-0 victory over Central in Woodstock.
The senior struck out a season-high 12 batters and surrendered just one hit in seven shutout innings to earn Schewels Athlete of the Week honors.
“Last week against Central was one of the best games I have played all season.” Estes said. “I went 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run and I threw a one hitter with double-digit strike outs.”
That performance capped a marvelous week for Estes and Madison County, which posted wins over Central and rival William Monroe. During that stretch, Estes combined to strike out 19 batters in 11 innings of work and secure a pair of victories. Offensively, she helped her own cause with five hits and four runs scored as the team improved to 10-1 on the season.
“So far, the season has been going great, but I still don’t think we are playing to our full potential,” Estes said. “For the rest of the season, I expect us to win a lot of games and hopefully make it back to the state tournament.”
Softball wasn’t always Estes’ sport of choice.
“When I was younger, I started playing soccer, but after one year, I switched to youth softball because my dad was going to coach,” Estes said. “Shortly after I started playing, I knew it was going to be my sport.”
She has blossomed into one of Coach Jesse Yowell’s top all-around players.
“This season, I have played third, shortstop and I have pitched,” Estes said. “I think my versatility helps me to play successful and confident wherever [Coach Yowell] puts me.”
The reigning Bull Run District and Region 2B players of the year signed last November to play at East Carolina. During her signing ceremony, she predicted this could be a special season for the Mountaineers.
Offensively, she’s moved from the middle of the order to the leadoff spot. The lineup switch allows her more at bats per game and gives her an opportunity to set the tone for the rest of the team.
“Every time I come up to the plate, I tell myself to be patient because a walk is just as good as a hit, especially with the other strong batters I have behind me,” Estes said. “Coach Yowell put me in the leadoff spot this year and I think it has been successful.”
Those good vibes have also carried over to her role in the field, particularly pitching. Growing up, she tried to emulate former Virginia Tech standout Angela Tincher.
This season, she’s kept opposing hitters off balance with a wide array of pitches, including a fastball, change-up, curveball and drop ball. When Estes is in a bind, she likes to turn to her favorite pitch, the screwball.
“My mindset in the circle is to always get ahead in the count in order to throw other pitches,” Estes said. “This season, I have tried to throw a lot more junk pitches.”
When Estes is not in the circle, she continues to leave her mark defensively. The senior has played shortstop and third base and been an anchor on the left side of the infield. She said her improved defense at third base this season is one of the more underrated parts of her game.
Outside of sports, Estes loves to be active and adventurous. The senior loves playing volleyball, horseback riding and riding four-wheelers.
Estes also has a thirst for knowledge in the classroom. Her favorite subject in school is history.
This season, Estes hopes to make history.
She celebrated a state title early in her high school career and said she would love to close out her final season at Madison County with a second championship.
“A perfect season for me would look like winning another state championship,” Estes said. “I know we can do it. We just have to put it all together and play one game at a time.”