Salado senior southpaw Morgan Hill earned KDHPressbox.com’s Player of the Week.
Voting ended at 4 p.m. Thursday. Hill tallied 1,546 votes and Lampasas Lady Badger Megan Sittner had 1,460. Also nominated was Salado Eagle pitching ace Casey Frazier.
“I want to thank my friends and family for voting for me,” Hill said. “I’m very excited that so many votes were cast for me. God has blessed me. All the hard work I’ve put in these past four years is paying off now. It means a lot to me to be elected.”
Last Thursday in College Station, Hill led the Lady Eagles to a Game 1 regional semifinal 10-3 victory over then-ranked No. 5 Woodville. Hill pitched a complete game, struck out seven batters and yielded no hits after the fourth inning.
For an encore, on Saturday in Game 2, Hill blanked Woodville in a six-strikeout, two-hit masterpiece. That win advanced Salado into the Elite Eight for the first time in program history.
“Morgan deserved this honor,” said Kory Craddick, the Lady Eagles head coach. “She had an absolutely outstanding week. She stepped into that circle and showed her leadership. She led us to two victories.
“We needed Morgan’s presence in the circle; it helped our entire team relax. Morgan helped make sure our girls played as an ‘Ohana,’ a family.”
In Hawaiian culture, “Ohana” means family. Craddick has Hill and her teammates chant “Ohana” before and after every game and practice.
And it’s worked.
Hill said the key to the success of the 2014 Salado Lady Eagles, in a word, is “Ohana.”
“We are one family, one team,” Hill said. “We could never have advanced this far without ‘Ohana.’ ”
Hill and her teammates began the regional championships on Thursday night with a win (see story, C3).
Sittner was 5 for 11 in the Lady Badgers’ regional semifinal series against Pampa.
Frazier tossed a one-hit shutout with seven strikeouts in the Eagles playoff win against Clifton, sending Salado back to the regional semifinals.