'I just followed my dreams': Tigerettes' Moyers, who wants to stay close to home

Friday, January 18, 2013
Present at the signing were, front row from left, Motlow College head Coach Tori Raby-Gentry, Morgan Moyers, mom Betsy Moyers, and dad Thomas Moyers. Middle row from left, Nana Mariallen Finley, Pawpaw Richard Finley, MCHS head Coach Holly Cook, and assistant Coach Heather Denton. Back row from left, travel ball coaches Chris Jacobs, Mark Bruning, and Charlie Williams, and MCHS Athletic Director Kevin McGehee. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

On Wednesday at MCHS, Tigerette all-purpose standout Morgan Moyers signed a Letter of Intent to play softball next season at Motlow College in Lynchburg.

"Motlow was close to home, I didn't really want to go to a big school and I really liked coach Raby," said Moyers. "I just followed my dreams, now here it is."

Motlow head coach Tori Raby-Gentry, entering her second year with the Lady Bucks, guided her alma mater to a 20-28 record last season and said about signing Moyers, "Morgan is really versatile, really athletic and can play multiple positions. We are mainly looking for her to play outfield, she has great speed, a strong arm and has all the tools. We have 14 freshmen coming in, so she can come in and compete and work her way into the lineup. She has the talent to come in and mix it up and start."

Multiple talents

Moyers came to MCHS from Moore County as a freshman and immediately showed her versatile skills on the softball diamond, stepping into the right field spot for an injured player and she never looked back, putting up a solid .389 batting average.

"What a huge blessing that was," said MCHS head coach Holly Cook. "Morgan is just a definition of an athlete. She is just a true athlete; she can actually play all nine positions on the field, and obviously excels on the basketball court too."

Moyers is the starting shooting guard on the Tigerettes basketball team and has been an integral part of that squad as well since her freshman season.

Moyers scored a career-high 20 points versus Hickman County last week.

Record of success

As a sophomore, Moyers moved to second base and handled the job with precision, finishing the season with an almost flawless .968 fielding percentage, while batting .350 with 10 RBIs, three triples and two doubles.

Moyers was rewarded for her efforts when she was chosen to the All-District 12-AA first team.

Last season, Moyers went back to the outfield, starting in left field for the District 12-AA regular season and tournament champion Tigerettes.

Moyers ended up having a breakout season with an incredible .500 batting average with 24 hits, including three doubles and one triple, while putting up some serious leather, sporting a .950 fielding percentage.

For the second year in a row, Moyers garnered first team All-District honors and was tabbed as a member of the Middle Tennessee Softball Coaches Association Team.

Move ahead

Moyers will follow a long line of great outfielders at MCHS when she moves to the center field spot this season.

"Morgan is going to do just as good," said Cook. "Anytime there is a ball hit and its hit to Morgan, I don't think I even look. I am a 100 percent sure it will be caught and it's an out."

Moyers currently sports a 3.1 G.P.A. and wants to be a social worker, working with foster children.

Like most high school softball players, Moyers honed her skills in the summer, playing travel ball with Team Worth '94' and said about her experiences with that squad, "You learn a lot, make new friends and just go everywhere," said Moyers. "High school ball is like fun and games and if you win you win, but in travel ball you are always out to be the best. You still have fun, but you want to win and show the college coaches that you want to be part of their team."

Aiming at state

There is still some unfinished business for Moyers this year with the Tigerettes, who have not made a state tournament appearance since the 2006-2007 season.

"We have a great athletic program with the softball team, so we just have to show it by making it out of the district and go further," said Moyers. "I want to go to state. Our district isn't very strong, so when we get to the bigger teams we can beat them, but we have just not played up to that level yet."

Marshall County won the Class-AA state tournament title in the 2005-2006 season.

Moyers finished by talking about her relationship with Coach Cook, "I love coach Cook, she is a great coach. She makes it fun when it needs to be fun, but when we need to get down to business, she is that person who says we have work to do, so let's do it right now."