Morgan Smith is a catcher from Davenport, IA and was nominated as April's Warrior Spotlight by being described as someone who has a "ton of spunk & grit and is an all around great kid". Like most Warriors we have a pleasure to connect with, the more we learned about Morgan, the more we understood why she stands out as a competitor. Her Twitter page quotes Muhammed Ali's line, "If you dream of beating me, you'd better wake up and apologize."
It was then that we realized this is a young woman who is striving to get better on a daily basis. She continues to be a student of the game and pushes herself in an effort to achieve the opportunity to play collegiate softball. We are truly honored to detail Morgan's journey as a ball player and proud to highlight her as April's Warrior Spotlight.
WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT: #LIKEAGIRL
WP: Why softball?
MS: Softball was something I thought I would really like to play, because the team was like a close knit family where you are a band of sisters who drive each other to that next level. I love my softball family!!!
WP: What does it mean to play #LikeAGirl?
MS: Some might think it’s an insult to play Like a Girl, but to me it’s a complement. I look at all the great softball players out there who love to compete and think to myself that being able to hit, run, catch and play the sport I love is the epitome of playing #LikeAGirl!!!
Someday I'd like to play at that next level or coach the next generation of girls to help them achieve their full potential.
WP: What is your favorite quote?
MS: Live 2 Bring It
-- Monica Abbott
WP: You catch for the Quad City Firebirds, what is the hardest and most incredible thing about catching?
MS: The hardest thing about catching is handling a pitcher's confidence when they're having an off day and having a tough time hitting their spots.
On the flip side, some of the most incredible things about catching are throwing out a smart runner who may have gotten a big jump to steal a base or when you work a pitch that you know has the potential to be a ball, but frame the pitch just right helping the umpire call a strike.
WP: What is the one thing most people don’t know about you?
MS: One thing most people don't know is that I also swim for my high school team.
WP: You hit left handed and throw right… how’d that happen and what is your dominant hand?
MS: I'm naturally right handed, but we didn't have any left handed hitters on my 12U team and took it upon myself to practice hitting left handed. I worked out on a tee every day until I became comfortable with the left handed swing and now I hit better left handed than I ever did right.
WP: What song or artist are you currently listening to?
MS: I don’t listen to a lot of music, but when I do it's the Georgia Florida Line.
WP: What person(s) have made the biggest impact in your life?
MS: My Blackhawk Coach, Carrie Calderon, was able to build my confidence as a hitter by breaking down my offensive game physically and mentally and then giving me the tools to rebuild my swing to be both stronger and faster. Her confidence in my ability helped me believe that I was capable of being a great hitter as well.
Thank you Carrie for everything you have done for me.
WP: If you could attend any college, what would it be and why?
MS: I had the opportunity to verbal at Benedictine University, but two months after I had officially committed to the University I was informed that they were discontinuing all of their sports programs. At the time it was a lot to process and I was extremely disappointed, but I look forward to considering other college opportunities that will be a great fit for me as a student and athlete.
WP: If you could design the next Warpaint color, what would it be?
MS: Breast Cancer Pink for awareness and I'd call it Strength Warpaint!