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Snow signs with Lindsey Wilson

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

Some people were born to play a particular sport, and Kingston’s Morgan Snow was born to play softball. Now the Lady Jacket senior catcher will be playing college softball as Snow signed scholarship papers Wednesday to play for Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky. “I’m so excited to be going to college to play softball,” Snow said after her signing. “I’m going to miss Kingston, but I’m excited about Lindsey Wilson. “I like Lindsey Wilson because it’s a small Christian college and the people there are a lot like the people here in Kingston. They make me feel at home. They also have a really good softball team. They’ve won their division (Mid-South Conference) three straight years and I really like Coach (Ashley) McCool. She’s seems real laid back, and I think she’ll make me a better player.” “I’m proud of her,” Kingston head coach Ronnie Ladd added. “She’s played a lot of softball over the years and I expect her to do well. She’s a player.” As a catcher, Snow is expected to be the team’s leader and that’s a role she doesn’t take lightly. “I’m very determined,” she said. “I’m very vocal and try to take control on the field. That’s what you’re supposed to do as a catcher and I try to support my teammates. I’m very competitive and want to do whatever I can to help my team win.” “You’ve got to have somebody you can trust behind the plate and Morgan handles herself well,” Ladd added. “She’s not afraid to take over out there and say what needs to be said. She’s a leader.” Lindsey Wilson head coach Ashley McCool also likes what she has seen in Snow. “She looks like the ideal athlete for us,” she said. “She has good size and she talks a lot. I like that, especially in a catcher because they’re the leader on the field. You’ve got to dictate where the other players go and you have to be able to control the pitching staff. It’s great when you have that in an incoming freshman.” While Snow has strong leadership skills, it’s her hitting ability that catches everyone’s eye. Snow rarely strikes out, hits the ball to all fields and has Mark McGuire type power. As a junior, Snow hit .504 with 10 home runs, 23 doubles and 51 RBIs in only 115 at bats. “She’s the best power hitter I’ve seen since I’ve been here and she’s got the numbers to prove it,” Ladd said. “There were games last year that she took over at the plate. She can hit it a long way.” “She has a long swing, like a baseball swing, but she has really fast hands and she hits it hard. Even her ground balls get through because she hits it so well,” McCool added. “Our fences are only 195 (feet) down the line so she could have a great career for us.” “It’s great when you can stand there and watch it,” Snow said when asked about the feeling of hitting a towering blast. “I like to look at my parents and the crowd to see how happy they are when I hit a homer. That makes me feel good, and it lets me know that all my hard work has paid off.” Snow says that hard work started at a young age. “I owe it all to Todd Wicks and my dad for helping me,” she said. “They’ve been working with me ever since I could hold a bat. I also want to thank my travel coach, Courtland Styles, for taking me to the national tournament and getting me exposure. I wouldn’t be going to Lindsey Wilson without him.” Snow is also strong behind the plate as she has a strong arm and does a good job of blocking pitches in the dirt. While Snow has the tools to be great in college, she knows that playing softball isn’t the main reason she’s going to college. However, she says she’s going to work hard to be the best she can be at the next level. “The education that I’m receiving is going to take me where I need to go and softball is getting me my education,” she said. “I’m going to work as hard as I can. I’ll be playing this summer and I’ll be working to get stronger because it will help my hitting and throwing. If I’m stronger as a person, I can do more for the team.” Ladd and McCool agree that hard work will be the key to Snow’s success at the next level. “She’s got the potential if she stays healthy to have a great career,” Ladd said. “They’ll work with her to make her better.” “The biggest adjustment for a freshman is just how we do things every day,” McCool added. “We work with weights three days a week then she’ll be catching our staff before going to practice, but working like that every day will make her better. “As far as the game goes, she’ll have to make an adjustment to the pitching and competition because we don’t schedule easy teams, but I see her being able to play right away.”