By GREG WEBB
BROCK — With a good deal of preseason preparation behind her and the rest of the Lady Eagles’ squad, Brock senior Morgan Ashmore is ready to climb into the pitcher’s circle to start the season in earnest.
With a new field to enjoy as home for her final season at Brock, the right-handed pitcher/outfielder has at least one less thing to worry about as she readies to delve into the 2013 schedule.
Earlier this week, Ashmore and a library full of family and friends celebrated her decision to attend and extend her softball career next fall at Howard Payne University, located in Brownwood.
Ashmore is thankful she was able to fulfill a pair of her dreams for the future.
“I have played softball practically my whole life, and I just fell in love with the game,” Morgan said. “If there was any opportunity to further my education, as well as play softball, I was definitely going to take it.”
Weighing the requisite academic option first in her decision, Ashmore was equally happy both of her wishes were fulfilled at the Brownwood school.
“I did visit other colleges,” she said, “but HPU had everything I wanted.
“They have all of the academics I need, and the big plus, on top of that, was that I loved the softball coach and all the girls I met. It’s where I want to spend the next few years preparing for the future.”
Ashmore foresees her role with the Lady Yellow Jackets primarily residing inside the circle, but is not averse to expanding her contribution if the need presents itself.
“Pitching will be my main focus and function on the team,” she said, but I also play in the outfield, so there’s a chance I may be able to play there, as well. And that would be great.”