Craig Harris/Macon County Times Macon County High softball standout Morgan Carter verbally committed to continue her education and softball career at Campbellsville (Kentucky) University recently.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Macon County High softball standout Morgan Carter verbally committed to continue her education and softball career at Campbellsville (Kentucky) University recently.

Morgan Carter has a long-standing relationship with the Campbellsville (Kentucky) University softball coaches.

Those connections paid dividends as the Macon County High senior softball standout recently verbally committed to continue her education and playing career at Campbellsville.

"Campbellsville is where I've been wanting to go this whole time," Carter said.

Carter's wish came true as she received a scholarship offer from head coach Shannon Wathen on Sept. 18.

Four days later, Carter accepted the offer following her private instruction at Borders Softball Academy (BSA) in Scottsville, Kentucky. Wathen and Campbellsville pitching coach Kim Borders are instructors at BSA, and Carter has been going to Wathen for instruction for six years.

"I think that the other colleges looking at me made Shannon go ahead and offer," Carter said. "I like how it's a small school. It's only like an hour and 40 minutes (from home).

"I know several of the other girls who have committed there and the majority of the girls up there."

The other colleges that Carter mentioned included the University of Tennessee at Martin, Lee University, Trevecca Nazarene University and Georgetown (Kentucky) University.

However, the only scholarship offer that Carter has to this point is from Campbellsville.

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

Over the past two seasons, Carter -- the two-time District 8-AA Most Valuable Player --has compiled 30 home runs and driven in 105 runs. She has only struck out one time over those two seasons.

"It's honestly been very surprising to have the stats I have and it just be talking (without offers)," Carter said. "It is what it is. It worked out the way it's supposed to work out."

As a junior, Carter compiled 19 home runs and drove in 61 runs, posting a .630 batting average and a .672 on-base percentage. She also had 11 doubles, drew 18 base on balls and scored 37 runs.

She has also been a three-time all-district selection for the Macon County High girls soccer program, having been named the District 9-AA Defensive Player of the Year last fall.

She began playing soccer at age 4 and started her softball career one year later.

"Softball has been the main focus," Carter said. "Soccer is just for fun."

Carter helped the Tigerette softball program to the Class AA sectional round as a freshman, but Macon County ended its season in the district tournament in back-to-back seasons, falling one win short of reaching the regional tournament each season despite winning the program's first district title since 2008 last spring.

"Our freshmen will help us this year," Carter said. "This will be one of the best teams we've had.

"That's our goal … to get past the district and take it one day at a time."

Wathen is entering her 17th season as the Campbellsville head coach, compiling a 629-290-2 record and winning eight Mid-South Conference (MSC) championships and five MSC Tournament titles. Wathen - the eight-time Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year - led the Lady Tigers to 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 could either be a catcher or play in the outfield at the next level.

"I'm pretty excited to know what's going to happen," Carter - who plans to either major in elementary education or in physical therapy - said. "Everything is in the plans now."

However, Carter is also looking forward to her final season as a Tigerette.

"It's been amazing," Carter said. "Walking out before games on game day and seeing the Macon County poster, the sign, the great facility that Coach C (head coach John Conditt) has created for us … we're just a big family out there playing, and we have all the fans there supporting us. It's been great.

"I've always said … if there was a college in Macon County, I'd definitely play there first."