ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — In Meigs High School’s Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium on Tuesday — just 18 days before the Lady Marauders start their 2017 softball season — MHS senior Morgan Lodwick signed her letter of intent to join the Washington & Jefferson College softball team in the 2018 season.
“From playing in Middleport to playing in Washington, Pennsylvania is a big deal to me,” said Lodwick. “When I was little I watched softball all the time and I wanted to play in college so bad.”
In her three previous varsity seasons at MHS, Lodwick has helped the Lady Marauders to a 53-19 record and two sectional titles. Although not winning a sectional title in 2016, the Maroon and Gold set what is believed to be a program record with 20 wins.
In the 2016 postseason, Lodwick recorded three hits, including a double, while driving in two runs and scoring one. As a junior Morgan tallied at least six multi-hit games and eight extra-base hits, including one home run.
“She’s worked hard and played softball almost year-round from a very young age,” MHS head coach Bryan Swann said. “As a result of the hard work and all that is this final thing of signing and continuing her career.”
Lodwick — who has played all over the field for Meigs — appeared in 11 games as a pitcher, picking up a pair of wins and a save.
“I think they can plug her in at a lot of places,” Coach Swann said. “I really believe she’ll hit well at the next level. With the versatility of playing pretty much anywhere in the infield or outfield, I think they’ll possibly be able to use her as a utility player.”
Lodwick grew up playing in the Middleport summer rec league and has played travel softball with the Ohio SWAT team, which won multiple tournament championships last summer.
“The only position I ever played in travel ball was shortstop,” said Lodwick. “I’ll probably be playing second base now, so that will help, staying in the middle infield.”
In addition to her success on the diamond, Lodwick has also been a three-year member of the MHS varsity volleyball team. This past season in volleyball, Lodwick marked 14 kills, seven aces, six blocks and 27 assists for the Maroon and Gold.
The Presidents of W&J College play at Brooks Softball Field, which is located less than two miles from where interstates 70 and 79 merge, in Washington. When not on the field, Lodwick will be pursuing degrees in Art and Sports Management.
“It has a beautiful campus,” Lodwick said of W&J College. “I like the coach, that’s what took me there, she’s really awesome. I’ve been up there three times and had an overnight. The team was really nice.”
W&J College — an NCAA Division III school — finished 15-19 in 2016, including 10-8 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference.
At Meigs, Lodwick held a 3.8 grade-point-average, and is ranked 14 in the class of 2017.
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