SALADO — One open practice.
That was how long it took Morgan Hill to decided where she wanted to play softball after her senior year at Salado.
And Monday morning in the Salado gymnasium, the senior right fielder made her college choice official, signing with McLennan Community College in a ceremony surrounded by family and friends.
“It’s exciting,” Hill said. “I’m excited to see what my future is going to bring and how college softball is going to treat me.”
For as long as Hill waited to ink with MCC the recruiting process was equally short.
Hill said she began playing with a select team last summer that worked out regularly at the Highlassies’ Waco campus.
There she met MCC softball coach Manuel Ordones, and it was all downhill from there.
“I met coach (Ordones), and I loved the program, loved ‘Coach O.’ He’s really awesome,” Hill said. “And then I met a lot of the girls, went to a practice and decided that that’s where I needed to go.”
Hill said Ordones invited her to an open practice and she committed that same day.
“I enjoyed it that much,” Hill said.
And Salado coach Kory Craddick said the Highlassies ought to be just as excited to have Hill, who has played for the Lady Eagle varsity since her freshman year and was a first-team all-district pitcher last year.
“They are very lucky to get her,” Craddick said. “She’s going to go out and compete every game, and she’s not the kind of kid who’s going to duck her head if times get rough. She’s going to try to bear down and do whatever she can to help her team win.
“And that’s pretty admirable.”
Hill plans to study physical therapy at MCC, but first she and her teammates have their eyes set on a district title this season.
“For this season, we are aiming to go to Austin and, honestly, win district and see what we can do,” Hill said.
And even Craddick agreed that the bar is set high this year for the Lady Eagles, who return all but one starter, including Texas A&M-Kingsville signee Shyenne Hicks.
“Our expectations are very high — kind of the sky’s-the-limit type of thing,” Craddick said. “And only having to replace one key piece — and it’s going to be a tough one to replace — but we’ve got girls in place that we can try to go out there and try to succeed and it’s going to be fun this year.”