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Hill Becomes a Lady Ram

RICHLANDS, Va. — The Lady Blues varsity softball team has been able to bank on the fact that the left corner has been well guarded for the past four years. Morgan Hill, who has been the mainstay for Richlands, is used to shagging whatever came her way for that duration. Hill has also played volleyball as an outside hitter starting three years for the Lady Blues on the hard court ands finished atop the district votings.

June 10, 2010

By MIKE DAVIS

Compiled by the Daily Telegraph sports staff

 

RICHLANDS, Va. — The Lady Blues varsity softball team has been able to bank on the fact that the left corner has been well guarded for the past four years. Morgan Hill, who has been the mainstay for Richlands, is used to shagging whatever came her way for that duration. Hill has also played volleyball as an outside hitter starting three years for the Lady Blues on the hard court ands finished atop the district votings.

 

On Tuesday, Hill decided to take both her games to the collegiate level when she inked her intentions to play two sports at Bluefield College. With UVa-Wise eager to take the graduating Richlands senior into their fold, Hill’s decision to become a Lady Ram was an easy one.

 

“I decided to go to Bluefield College because they offered me a double scholarship in volleyball and softball,” Hill said. “Plus, I like the idea of being closer to home.”

 

Being at the college level, Hill’s decision drew praises from Richlands head softball coach Rhonda Blevins who had been her mentor during her high school career.

 

“Morgan Hill has started at third base for the past four years for the Richlands varsity softball program,” said Blevins. “Morgan has worked very hard for she battled several illnesses and she continued to work and we never had to worry about the effort that she gave.”

 

“She came several times very sick but always willing to give everything that she could for the team.”

 

Hill came in as a freshman and hammered out a .356 batting average with seven RBIs, five stolen bases and a .900 fielding average. Then, in her second year on the team, Hill batted .351 as a sophomore with six RBIs, four stolen bases and a fielding average of .800.

 

Hill batted .365 as a junior with Richlands and .367 as a senior with seven and 12 RBIs in each of the years. She stole a combined 11 bases in her final two years with the Lady Blues and sported an .868 fielding average in the 11th grade before sporting a .926 as a senior.

 

“I am very excited that Morgan has chosen to play at Bluefield College,” said Blevins. “I have two former players at Bluefield, (Holly Bandy and Lindsey Lester) and head coach Charlotte Shelton is a former player of mine.”

 

“I know that if Morgan continues her work ethic and dedication to the sport of softball she will be very successful at the collegiate level.”

 

Shelton played left field for Blevins in the mid-90s as was on the Lady Blues state championship teams in 1995 and 1996.

 

“I’ve known Morgan since she was very young and I’ve watched her grow and mature on and off the field,” said Shelton. “I’ve seen what a hard worker she is and when I (also) started coaching volleyball at Bluefield College in January, I knew she would be an asset, not only to the softball team, but, to the volleyball team as well as in the classroom.”

 

Hill is likely to see the majority of her time at third base, much like in high school. However, Shelton thinks Hill could play multiple positions.

 

“Morgan will probably stay at third base (next year),” said Shelton. “I’m not opposed to trying players at different positions and Morgan could probably play outfield, but, primarily she will be at third.”

 

“I believe there are good local players that sometimes get overlooked and I think we should look there first to see if they’re what we’re looking for. Then, if we don’t find it there, we can branch out.”

 

Hill is the daughter of Donna and Rocky Hill of Richlands and although undecided, she has preliminary plans of elementary education.

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