Submitted Macon County High softball standout Morgan Carter signed a letter-of-intent to continue her education and playing career at Campbellsville (Kentucky) University on Friday afternoon in the Macon County High auditorium. Pictured are: (seated, from left) Morgan’s sister Cadence Carter, Morgan’s mother Lori Carter, Morgan Carter, Morgan’s father Clint Carter, (standing) Campbellsville assistant coach Kim Borders, Campbellsville head coach Shannon Wathen, Tigerette head coach John Conditt, Macon County assistant coach Lane Spivey and Tigerette assistant coach Robin Searcey.

Submitted

Macon County High softball standout Morgan Carter signed a letter-of-intent to continue her education and playing career at Campbellsville (Kentucky) University on Friday afternoon in the Macon County High auditorium. Pictured are: (seated, from left) Morgan’s sister Cadence Carter, Morgan’s mother Lori Carter, Morgan Carter, Morgan’s father Clint Carter, (standing) Campbellsville assistant coach Kim Borders, Campbellsville head coach Shannon Wathen, Tigerette head coach John Conditt, Macon County assistant coach Lane Spivey and Tigerette assistant coach Robin Searcey.

Morgan Carter has been forced to adapt to change.

The Macon County High School softball standout will continue to do so at the collegiate level.

Carter's new normal will be in Campbellsville, Kentucky, as she signed a letter-of-intent on Friday afternoon to continue her education and playing career at Campbellsville University in the Macon County High auditorium.

"It makes me really nervous thinking about not being with my fellow seniors," Carter said. "It's a lot of excitement though. I'm getting to start a new chapter in my life and pursue my dreams."

Despite being a standout throughout her prep career, Carter didn't expect to play college softball until schools began to look at her.

"In the beginning, I didn't think I was going to be good enough to play," Carter said. "Then, my junior year, people were saying, 'I'm going to look at you.' I always wanted to play, but that's when I realized I could really pursue this.

"All the hard work that I've put in, it has paid off. It's honestly great."

For a long time, Carter has watched college softball, paying particular attention to the University of Alabama and the University of Tennessee. She admits that is she could have picked any school, Alabama may have been her choice.

"It was always UT or Alabama," Carter said. "I went to a UT softball game when I was younger and watched them play. It was really, really cool.

"I really like Patrick Murphy. He's a really cool guy ... and to be able to wear that crimson and white would be amazing."

She'll be donning similar colors at Campbellsville though, clad in maroon and white.

The catcher is the two-time Tennessee Softball Coaches Association (TSCA) Miss Softball honoree in Class AA among the Middle Tennessee region.

However, she could play elsewhere in college

"If I'm not catching, I'll be playing one of the corners (first base or third base) or the outfield," Carter said. "I like third base, but where I'm so short and little, it's not the best spot. I can catch balls in the outfield."

She's gained experience in the outfield through her travel softball team, the Greenbrier-based Ridge Runners.

"The first game, I'll play catcher," Carter said. "The next game, I'll go to leftfield. It gave me a lot of good experience.

"I've always practiced in the outfield. When I was younger, I hated catching. In junior high, my sixth-grade year, Shay Tom Clariday said, 'Morgan we need you to catch.' So, I said alright. I started catching again."

Carter is best-known as a power hitter, having hit 33 home runs during her high-school career. She hit 19 as a junior, a season that also included 11 doubles, 18 walks, 37 runs scored, 61 runs batted in and a .630 batting average.

"They're all special," Carter said. "You can't anything for granted. That person that never hits one would be thankful for just one. You can't ever take it for granted."

Carter -- who hit her first home run as an eighth-grader -- admits that the best feeling as a softball player is hitting a home run.

"It's probably hitting home runs, whenever you are running the bases and everybody is cheering," Carter said. "It's probably initially when you first hit it ... feeling it come off the bat ... you know it when you hit it.

"Some of them, you stand there and just watch so that you can see (the ball travel). Sometimes, I'm in a dead sprint and don't know it goes over."

Under the direction of 17th-year head coach Shannon Wathen, Campbellsville compiled a 35-15 overall record and a 16-8 conference mark last season, reaching the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championship Opening Round.

Carter plans to either major in physical therapy or in elementary education.

"If I was going to be a teacher, I would want to coach ... either soccer or basketball or softball," Carter said. "I could do any of them. I know so much about the games."

Carter was a two-time all-district selection in soccer, having been named the 9-AA Defensive Player of the Year as a junior, and she also played basketball into her sophomore year.

"It's really depressing," Carter said of her soccer career ending. "I was so depressed for three days straight after my last game. Never take any time for granted, because it flies by. I should still be a freshman playing with (fellow softball players) Jenna (Russell), Paige (Clark), Sarah (Carter) and McKenzie Mercer."

She has fond memories as she looks back on her career as a Tigerette.

"It's been pretty amazing," Carter said. "Coach C (head coach John Conditt) helps me a lot. He tells me I'm not good, so that I'll have that grit in me to get better. My past teammates have pushed me to do better. It's been great here.

"The main focus is chemistry and family. God is first and then family. We're a very big family-oriented team."

Carter's immediate family has impacted her significantly as well.

"It's probably my parents and my teammates," Carter said of her biggest influences. "My dad is harping at me if I'm not practicing, but I enjoy practicing anyway. I want to be the best that I can be."