Kaylie Morgan is one of the best softball players from the Atlanta, GA area in the Class of 2020.
The 5-foot-2, 142-pound Morgan, who attends Alexander High School, is a dynamic catcher and third baseman.
During her outstanding youth softball career, Morgan has already received plenty of recognition, such as: 3-time Scholar Athlete, Cougar Award, All-Region team selection and MVP.
Morgan is humbled for the opportunities to showcase her skills.
“For me, these awards motivate me to get better on and off the field, not only for myself but for my team and those around me,” Morgan said. “These have been amazing experiences that have allowed me to compete with many other very skilled athletes and better myself as a player.”
No matter the opponent, on each play Morgan is determined to give it her all.
Morgan is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Morgan steps between the lines.
“As a catcher I have to be aware of everything happening on the field at all times,” Morgan said. “I have to be loud and in charge to keep my team on their toes and let them know what to do.”
Morgan has great passion and energy whenever she’s on the diamond. Morgan tells why she enjoys the game of softball so much.
“I love the competition as well as the unbreakable bonds that form between you and your teammates and coaches,” Morgan said. “For me, softball has created memories I know I will remember for the rest of my life.”
Morgan has learned many valuable lessons from playing softball that she applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Playing softball has taught me so much about life in general,” Morgan said. “Softball has taught me how to be a leader and a team player, and has also improved my communication skills.”
Morgan recalls her favorite softball memory.
“One of my favorite memories was during my freshman year when my high school team went to states. During our last game, our catcher was injured going after a foul ball, so I went in to play for her. She played a major part in our team and I had some big shoes to fill coming into the middle of an inning like that,” Morgan said. “After the first pitch I received, the runner on first base decided to steal and I threw her out. Then, in my first at-bat with two strikes, I hit a line drive to right field for a double. We ended up losing the game and getting third place in the state, but it was a very competitive game and both teams fought it out until the very end.”
Zack Graham has coached Morgan for three years at Alexander High School.
Graham explains the best parts of Morgan’s game.
“Kaylie is one of my catchers. Kaylie frames and blocks balls as good as any catcher I have ever had,” Graham said. “I like Kaylie’s technique because she frames and blocks the ball extremely well. This allows my pitcher the confidence to throw any pitch in any count due to the fact they know not much is getting by Kaylie. She has a quick release to throw runners out as well.”
Morgan takes her role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Morgan makes sure she’s a daily positive influence on her peers.
“To be a good teammate you have to demonstrate a positive attitude even in the most dire situations to keep your teammates from getting discouraged or giving up. You also have to hold your teammates accountable, but be there to pick them up if they strike out or make a bad play,” Morgan said. “As a catcher, I am constantly picking up my pitcher if she gets down or if the umpire isn’t calling a good strike zone. I just have to keep her focused on the game and remind her that all she can do is give it her best and everything will play out in the end.”
Graham adds that Morgan is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“She is a quiet kid by nature but is a vocal leader because of her position. She is a captain of the infield as she has to direct so many throws from the infielders and cuts coming from the outfield,” Graham said. “She has to be loud and in charge as she is the eyes and voices to just about everyone.”
Morgan is appreciative of having amazing role models that are supportive.
“My coaches not only influence my life on the field but off the field as well. My coaches have taught me how to be a leader and that you can’t always control the outcome but you can always give it your best effort,” Morgan said. “My coaches always remind me to never stop getting better, there is always something to work towards, and they give me the confidence to constantly push myself and get better.”
Graham is an advocate of Morgan’s capabilities.
“She has a huge job. The position she plays is very demanding physically and mentally. She cannot afford to take a pitch off as they are receiving every pitch, directing throws, blocking balls, trying to throw out runners and is asked to swing the bat somewhere in the middle of the order,” Graham said. “So, every play is a big play for her.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Morgan also has a high level of softball IQ as well.
Morgan has excellent awareness that puts her in position to thrive.
“She has to use her softball IQ nearly every play. She is very well versed at the catching position. I call the pitches but she knows she can shake me off and go to a different pitch or different location if she sees or remembers something from a previous at bat that I may have missed,” Graham said. “So her softball IQ has to be on point or we could very well lose a game over a bad pitch selection or two.”
Morgan is on the grind to perfect and hone her craft in any way possible.
“Kaylie has great work ethic on the field and off. She works very hard at practice and in the weight room. She makes very good grades as well and is a scholar athlete,” Graham said. “So all around she has a great work ethic which gives her the ability to be successful.”
Morgan greatly admires this standout.
“I look up to Buster Posey because he always gives it his all, and that’s the way I try to be on the field,” Morgan said. “He also makes many contributions to his team offensively as well as behind the plate.”
Morgan is constantly striving for greatness in everything that she does.
“On and off the field my goal is to constantly push myself to get better in everything that I do,” Morgan said.
Morgan lists math as her favorite subject in school.
“It is my best subject but it also can be challenging at times, which keeps it interesting,” Morgan said.
Graham outlines the next areas of improvement for Morgan.
“We work every day on those fundamentals behind the plate. She is vital to the success of our team. She has to do a lot. We work on those communication skills nearly every day as well,” Graham said. “She is directing many throws and cuts as well as communicating on first and third situations and bunt coverages.”
Graham believes the sky is the limit as long as Morgan continues to stay hungry.
“Kaylie has the potential to play softball at the next level,” Graham said. “She is very fundamentally sound behind the plate with a quick release. She handles the bat very well and has a work ethic any coach will love.”
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