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Morgan on all-state team

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Mac Morgan of Sulphur Springs was one of nine area players named Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State Softball players.

Morgan was a .482 hitter with seven doubles, four triples and one home run. She also was successful on 15 of 17 stolen base attempts. She only had one fielding error in 35 games.

“This is great for her and for the program. Anytime you can get statewide recognition it’s good. She’s one of 27 girls listed in 4A,” said Lady Wildcats head coach David Carrillo. “This is a great accomplishment and it comes to her because she loves what she does and she works at it.”

The coach continued, ‘“She’s a complete player. She can catch, hit, throw and run. What makes her so awesome is her attitude. She is always ready to go, to get after it. She makes the players around her better. They have to raise their level of play to get to her.”

Carrillo said he is glad he gets Morgan back for another year at third base. He predicts big things in her future in softball.

“She will do well at the next year for us and later at the college level. She already plays fall ball and for select teams in the summer. She’s very good and softball is her thing and she does it well,”  Carrillo said.

Morgan said she found out about the honor early in the morning when she awoke to find a message left by Carrillo.

“It’s a good way to start the day, finding out you made all-state,” said Morgan. “I was not expecting this honor. I worked on my hitting this year and it paid off.”

Morgan, who has been a starter on the team since her freshman year, is intense about her work in the game and her future goals.

“I think we can go all the way next year,” Morgan said. “We really want it after losing out so quickly this year.”

Morgan is playing this summer with an elite team in Grand Prairie.

The right-hander has been working on batting from the left side to add yet another skill to her game as she becomes a switch hitter.

“I am working on hitting from the left side,” Morgan said. “It will help me improve my game.”

Morgan said her long term goal is to play college softball after her final season with the Lady Cats.

Hallsville, Spring Hill, Carthage, Pittsburg and Sulphur Springs were also represented on the elite team, which includes players nominated and selected by coaches who are TGCA members.

Earning all-state status in Class 4A were Brittany Eitel of Hallsville and Mac Morgan of Sulphur Springs. In Class 3A, all-state picks included Spring Hill's Lizzie Autrey, Kaylee Davis and NeNee Frazier. Samantha Matulis and Amber Wilburn of Harmony and Elysian Fields' Blair Hickey and Lacy Liles.

Autrey, a first baseman, hit .358 with three home runs, 10 doubles, two triples and 23 RBIs for Spring Hill, which advanced to the UIL State Softball Tournament for the first time in school history. She drove in the lone run for the Lady Panthers in a 4-1 loss to Celina in the Class 3A state semifinals.

Eitel, a catcher, hit .447 with three home runs, 25 RBI, 10 doubles and five triples while throwing out 14 of 16 runners attempting to steal.

Davis was 18-7 inside the pitching circle with a 0.27 earned run average, 275 strikeouts and 44 walks in 153 innings. She threw one perfect game, two no-hitters, four one-hitters and worked 14 shutouts while also hitting .440 with eight doubles, a home run and 21 RBIs.

Frazier, a sophomore third baseman, was a .449 hitter with three home runs, six triples, eight doubles, 26 RBI and seven stolen bases.

Matulis and Wilburn teamed up for 25 wins inside the circle. Matulis was 11-4 with a 0.98 ERA, 142 strikeouts and seven shutouts in 114 innings. She also hit .340 with four home runs, seven doubles and 32 RBIs.

Hickey was the area's only 30-game winner as a pitcher, helping lead Elysian Fields to the state tournament for the third time in school history. Hickey was 31-9-1 inside the circle with a 0.50 ERA and 261 strikeouts.

Liles hit .410 with 33 RBI for the Lady Jackets, and her 59 regular season hits led East Texas.




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