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Abigail Morgan named as VDN’s 2023 Softball Player of the Year

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Abigail Morgan: Photo by Keith Phillips

Warren Central High School’s Abigail Morgan has been named the 2023 Vicksburg Daily News Softball Player of the Year.

A second-round playoff appearance and defeating a high-rank team are just a couple of accomplishments from the Lady Vikes in 2023 where Morgan was at the center of that success.

“I’m glad that we fought hard and we actually had a state championship team but it just came down to who hits better, who scored runs, and who fields better,” Morgan said.

By the second half of the season, Morgan had made a big name for herself as she was preparing to take on No.1 ranked Northwest Rankin. WC fell short 1-0 but they were able to keep the top team in the state on their toes as Morgan also surpassed 100 strikeouts.

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Abigail Morgan: Photo by Richard Miller

“It’s very rewarding knowing all of this hard work I put in over the summer and how much work our team has put in as well and just wanting to be out there and having high energy during that game because it’s awesome seeing that you can compete with a team like that,” Morgan said.

After beating St. Martin in the first round of the playoffs, WC faced another big battle against No. 2 ranked Brandon where they took a 10-0 loss in game one. Just 24 hours later, Morgan helped WC to an 8-4 win by nailing two big hits including a home run that was eventually ruled as a double.

“They put in the pitcher that we hit against in the first game and we really just worked as a team and we talked how we were going to make corrections against her.”, Morgan said.

Later on in the year after the second loss to NWR, Morgan’s high school coach Dana McGivney announced that she was leaving the program after the season.

“It was sad knowing that I won’t be coming back to watch her but she’s done so well coaching us,” Morgan said.

Morgan’s senior year was highlighted by no-hitters, strikeouts , and major wins which is what led to her receiving this award. In an earlier interview, she mentioned that her goal was to get 150 strikeouts but she went beyond that and finished with 174.

“I’m very happy with my performances this year I really worked on my pitching over the summer and it really showed wanted the ball in the circle in every inning and it helped me prepare for the next level,” Morgan said.

Softball has a special section on Morgan’s life as she continues to win awards while preparing for college ball.

“Softball is a way to meet friends for life and it also teaches you life-long lessons that I will carry forever throughout my life,” Morgan added.

Abby was joined by teammates Kayleigh Karel and Lola Crozier who were all seniors for WC that led the team to a promising season and they will all be playing in college next year.

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Abby Morgan, Kayleigh Karel and Lola Crozier: Photo by Keith Phillips

“It’s going to be very sad to be without them because we supported each other constantly,” Morgan said.

Morgan is the third athlete to ever win this award for VDN.

“It’s very humbling knowing that I have a lot of people supporting me and I’m very thankful for everything VDN, the coaches and my team has done for me and I couldn’t receive this award without them.”

Abigail closed by thanking her supporters for sticking with her. VDN will be keeping in touch with her throughout her future.

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