Nebraska 8-year old shining bright on the All-Star Game diamond

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - A local girl is under the bright national spotlight, showing off her athleticism. This local talent is already going places at the age of eight!

Madison Shaw says she wants to keep playing softball for as long as she can.

Edgar, NE’s Madison Shaw is representing the Cornhusker State this week at the Major League Baseball All-Star game. Madison was a national finalist in the 22nd annual Scott’s Pitch, Hit and Run Competition, finishing second place in the seven and eight year old age group.

“I just tried like I could win,” said Shaw.

Madison was not the biggest in the competition, in fact quite the opposite. But her abilities shined on the diamond as one of 24 total finalists among baseball and softball youngsters.

“I was kind of nervous at first but now I’m good,” said Shaw.

Madison is a softball superstar back home in Edgar, a town with fewer than 500 people. Her dad is one of her coaches. Hee says her going from small town to big stage is a major league deal.

“That’s what we try to tell her too is you know it doesn’t matter where you come from, everybody’s the same. Everybody’s a person and you have the same opportunities as everybody else does,” said Darren Shaw.

Madison made it to Nationals Park by beating her opponents at a local competition in Sutton, a sectional at Grand Island and finally winning first place at Coors Field in Denver.

“It says a lot about how hard she works,” said Darren.

Madison says she loves competition and playing with her friends. As for how long she’d like to continue playing?

“‘Till college. Or...as long as I can,” said Madison.

Madison and her family head back to Edgar Tuesday. One bag may be a bit heavier with her new hardware, though Madison may want to take the trophy as a carry-on.