Allen signs with Walsh, ready to finish strong as a Knight

Allen signs with Walsh, ready to finish strong as a Knight
Dave Mast

Morgan Allen, pictured in front center, will complete her senior season this spring as a member of the Lady Knights softball team. She will continue her career at Walsh University.

                        

Morgan Allen can’t wait for her senior year at West Holmes High School after missing all of last season with an injury.

However, she celebrated an accomplishment of another kind on Wednesday, Nov. 22 when she held her signing day to attend Walsh University.

Allen had all kinds of options when it came to exploring where she wanted to take her softball game after her senior season this spring at West Holmes High School.

In the end the allure of what Walsh University offered was what drew her north. She and her family and friends celebrated her decision to go to WU, and now she has two upcoming seasons to look forward to.

“I have always kind of been eyeing their program, and on my first visit, I fell in love with the program. I love the coach, and a month ago I went to meet-the-team night and everyone was so nice,” Allen said. “They were definitely my kind of people.”

Allen, a slugging left-handed first-baseman by trade, said that was where she feels she will factor in as she grows into the program.

While college awaits, Allen doesn’t want to miss an opportunity to shine in her senior season. Last year was a wash for Allen with an injury completely sidelining her junior campaign. That is why she is more than ready to get back on the diamond and produce.

“I am ready to catch up and help us win in what should be a really fun year in which we have big expectations,” Allen said.

Allen said in looking for a college to call home, she looked at Tiffin, Heidelberg and Ashland, but she said she never really wavered from her commitment to Walsh.

“That was where my heart was, and I had to follow my heart,” Allen said.

Allen said she has a good grasp on the mental side of the game, which she said is crucial to improving on the physical part of the game.

She said she and her senior classmates have been preparing for their senior year and for the college game since they started playing together in the Glenmont elementary gymnasium many years ago.

“College softball was something we always talked about, and it is kind of weird to finally see that dream coming true,” Allen said.

That she shared her signing day with senior teammates Callie Cline and Maddie Woods only made it more memorable and special for her.

“We have done a lot together over the years, and they (as well as senior teammate Jazz Knapp) have made the softball experience a whole lot of fun,” Allen said.

When she isn’t working on her game, Allen will hit the books in pursuing a degree in forensic psychology.

“Just like softball at the next level, it won’t be easy, but that is also a challenge I am ready for,” Allen said.


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