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Salado softball and track star Morgan Hill has extraordinary week

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Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014 4:30 am

Salado senior Morgan Hill was the runaway winner in the voting for KDHPressbox.com Player of the Week—literally.

On Saturday in Stephenville at the 2A Regional Track Meet, Hill ran the 100 hurdles in a personal-best time of 15.04, taking the silver medal and qualifying for the state meet.

Less than forty minutes later, at 4 p.m., Hill finished fourth in the 300 hurdles, one place short of a second medal.

Then Hill made the 90-minute trip from Stephenville to Clifton, put on her softball jersey, went 4 for 5 from the plate—which included a home run — and earned a 3-inning save in the circle for Salado’s softball team. This win gave the Lady Eagles a sweep of their bi-district series against Clifton High School.

But all this was only part of Hill’s week.

On Thursday night, she was the winning pitcher in Salado’s 15-4 Game 1 romp over Clifton. At the plate, Hill went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs.

On Friday, Hill participated in four events at the regional track meet: 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, long jump and the 4x100 sprint relay.

On Saturday, Hill and her relay teammates finished fourth.

Yeah, you might say it was a busy 72 hours for Hill.

“It was stressful,” Hill said. “But I was very excited about the way it all turned out. I’m so blessed.”

For her rather astonishing accomplishments last week, Hill received 91 percent of the votes for Player of the Week.

“This award feels awesome,” Hill said. “Knowing that all my hard work is paying off is a great feeling. I’m grateful to friends and family for voting for me.”

The three other nominees for Player of the Week were Gatesville’s Nick Meaders, Harker Heights’ Darius Mitchell and Lometa’s Tricia Williams. All three track stars earned gold medals at their regional meets and will join Hill at the state meet in Austin on May 9.

Williams earned a gold medal in the shot put and discus, Mitchell took first in the 200-meter dash and was part of the Knights’ second-place 1,600 relay team, and Meaders won gold in the pole vault.

As to how Hill balances competing in two sports at the highest level, she said, “I’m used to changing my focus because I practice both softball and track each day. I don’t let myself dwell on being tired. Yes, after the races my legs do feel tired but I don’t let myself think about that.”

After participating in three track events Saturday afternoon, Hill said her legs “were still very tired” that evening when Salado head coach Kory Craddick asked her to pitch in the fourth inning of a close contest.

“It came down to heart,” Hill said. “My mentality was ‘How bad do you want it?’ That’s all I was thinking.

“I just feel incredibly blessed. This is such an exciting time for me right now with track and our softball team doing so well.”

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