Lady Cavalier signs to play softball at Guilford
By any measure, whether as a Lady Cavalier, a travel ball player or simply starting out in the sport in rec leagues, when Southern Lee senior Madison Morrison officially accepted a scholarship with Guilford College on Friday afternoon in Southern Lee’s library, it was the end of a long road and the start of a great new one.
“I’ve been talking with Guilford for two years before finally committing, so this is a big decision,” Morrison said.Morrison, a third baseman and pitcher for the Lady Cavaliers and an All-Cape Fear Valley Conference player last season as a junior, was congratulated by coaches, family, teammates and friends at the signing ceremony as she joined the Quakers.
Morrison has been a four-year varsity player for the Lady Cavaliers. She’s played on travel clubs since she was 11 years old, including her current club home, Hurricanes Elite, for three years, and recreation softball well before that.
“There have been so many practices, so many weekends, every weekend on the field,” Morrison said.
“We’re very proud of Madison,” said Southern Lee head coach Stacey Baker. “She’s a great student and a great athlete.
“She showed heart and leadership for our team this year and she’ll do great in anything that she chooses to go on and do.”
Morrison wants to study sports medicine. In addition to continuing her softball career to the college level, she said she already feels comfortable about everything at Guilford.
“I love the atmosphere of the school. It’s a really friendly community and I love the whole campus. It’s just so pretty,” she said.
Guilford is in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and went 19-19 this spring. Head coach Dennis Shores has been at Guilford for six years. When he took over the Quaker program in Jan. 2007, the team had 11 players and had won nine games the previous season.