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Mother's Day 2020: Maddie Boyd's Unexpected Journey

Posted at 10:34 AM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 11:34:34-04

Former Northeastern State softball star Maddie Boyd didn't have the typical journey that most college athletes have.

Primed to break the Riverhawks all-time hitting record in her senior season of 2017, Boyd was met with an obstacle: Before the season started, she learned she was pregnant and had to miss her entire senior year. In July of 2017, she gave birth to a baby girl named Nevi. Boyd was determined to finish her career and got back on the field in 2018, but had to step away once again due to a season-ending injury. She could have called it quits on her career, but she didn't. The second baseman decided she would give it one more season.

In her sixth, and ultimately, final year with NSU Boyd collected her 200th career hit, breaking the school's record. She played her whole senior year with her daughter in the stands.

As we celebrate Mother's Day 2020, Boyd takes time to reflect on her college career as a student-athlete and mother.