Morgan Hill remembers the surprise she felt when she leaned that of the hundreds seniors playing high school softball, she was among the elite. And she found out about an honor as she walked through the door.
But unlike the other numerous times she walked through the door and greeted her dad, this time had more excitement.
“He checks that all of the time and I think he was a little more excited about it than I was,” Hill said.
After helping the Salado Lady Eagles make school history, Hill was named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s Class 2A All-State team.
The team is selected from a pool of seniors nominated by member coaches.
Hill helped the Lady Eagles go 32-9 and make it to the Region III-2A final before falling to eventual state champion Crawford.
“There were six seniors and we were all like, ‘This is going to be the last time we’re going to play high school ball,’ and we wanted to make it count,” Hill said. “This was going to be the year and we wanted to be a part of it.”
The 2014 season marked the farthest the Lady Eagles have ever gone in the playoffs. Salado was the only team to hand Crawford a defeat this season when it opened the best-of-three regional final series with an 8-6 win.
For Salado softball head coach Kory Craddick, the individual honor is a reflection of the successful run the team had.
“I’m very happy for her and I’m very happy for our team,” Craddick said. “It speaks very well for our program to have a girl on the all-state team.”
Hill was an All-District 22-2A first-team selection and was one of 14 players selected to the TGCA All-Star Red Team. She will pitch in the all-star game July 10.
In addition to excelling on the softball diamond, Hill was a great track athlete at Salado.
She qualified for the UIL Championships and competed in the Class 2A girls 100 hurdles.
The softball season concluded a hectic month of May where Hill often had to compete in a track meet then join the Lady Eagles softball team the same day.
Hill finished ninth in the 100 hurdles after posting a time of 15.78 seconds.
“As soon as softball and track started, the year got hectic,” Hill said. “I got to the state level for track and that was awesome, but that didn’t come out how I wanted to. That drove my softball career more because I knew how it felt to be done with track and I didn’t want to feel that way again.”
Hill will trade in her Salado red for the blue and orange of McLennan Community College in Waco.
She hopes to transfer to an NCAA Division I school after two years at MCC. But for her, the 2014 season was a dream come true.
“I always dreamt of making it to state for softball, being a part of Salado, being a part of the softball team, and it became more surreal because I was there and I made it,” Hill said. “I was on varsity, wore the uniform and I loved Salado softball.”
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