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PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCKMatt Madigan will continue his baseball career at Moravian College. PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCKMatt Madigan will continue his baseball career at Moravian College.

Madigan will play baseball at Moravian

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

If things would have played out the way Matt Madigan envisioned his senior baseball season, the Emmaus Hornets would be playing in the EPC playoffs this week after what figured to be a good season for the team. They would have been looking for a league crown and momentum to take into the District 11 playoffs and then into states.

Instead, he’s finishing up classes for his senior year online and might not step onto a baseball field for a competitive game until next season at Moravian College.

Last year’s team reached the district finals at Coca-Cola Park. Even though the Hornets fell to Liberty, the game stands out as one of the biggest memories of Madigan’s high school career.

“That was a great experience to get to play on a field like that and it was a great game,” said Madigan. “Even though we lost, we still felt pretty good about going to the finals and battling Liberty on that field. Plus, we still had states to look forward to, so it’s a great memory for me.”

Looking back over his time with the Hornets, playing both outfield and infield, Madigan remembers plenty of fun times with teammates and coaches and he believes that while they may have missed out on a big 2020 season, the future is bright for the team.

“Coach Haas has the team in a good spot,” said Madigan. “He has put down a good foundation for the future and there are a lot of good kids coming up behind our class, so they’ll be in pretty good shape.”

Madigan remembers the disappointment both when coach Haas brought the team together after a practice at Church Lane Field to tell them that practices had been suspended. Later, he would hear from teammates about the cancellation of the entire season.

“We all tried to stay optimistic, but it’s certainly very disappointing to lose your senior season,” Madigan said.

Now, Madigan is looking forward to continuing his baseball career at Moravian College. After going to camps at other colleges, Madigan had the opportunity to see the Moravian campus and tour the college in addition to attending the team’s camp last summer. It all came together, and Madigan decided that Moravian College was where he wanted to continue both his education and his days of playing baseball.

“I really liked the campus and then when I went to the camp I was impressed with the coaches and the whole program and it was pretty close to home so that was a determining factor, too,” Madigan said.

The school also checked off another box when it comes to the quality of education. After all, Madigan has an impressive plan for continuing his education. At Moravian, he will major in finance with a pre-law major. He hopes to further continue his education by going to law school after his time at Moravian.

Madigan also considered Alvernia and Widener, both schools that are within one hour of home. He had decided that he wanted to stick relatively close to home which will give him the opportunity to see his family and give them the chance to see him play baseball at the college level.

“That was pretty important,” said Madigan of the one-hour distance from home. “I didn’t want to go too far so I limited the schools I considered to being within that distance. Moravian just happened to have everything I wanted academically and a baseball program that I really liked.”