Southwest’s Shiflett signs with Surry CC
Morgan Shiflett is determined to prove her doubters wrong.
She has worked hard for years to become a standout softball player, and now she wants to show just how far she can go.
In signing with Surry Community College, Shiflett, a senior pitcher at Southwest Guilford, has chosen to play at the junior college level and continue working toward her highest goals in the future.
“It’s good. It’s for myself,” says Shiflett, the daughter of Susan and Darin. “I feel so good about it. I know that’s what I really want to do. Go out slow, and I can go higher if I want to.”
Shiflett started out playing High Point Little League baseball when she was 7 years old and switched to softball shortly thereafter. Over the years, she has continued to improve, playing on several talented travel teams, most recently the Carolina Stars.
During her high school career, she has played a pivotal role on the Cowgirls varsity team, coming on as a key reliever her sophomore year and then tackling the challenge of being the starting pitcher as a junior and senior.
“For the past two years, she has been our pitcher,” coach Jon Chambers says. “She’s wanted to do it, she’s been willing to do it, and she’s put in the time to do it. She’s carried the weight of the team at the mound.
“The game’s about pitching and catching. If you don’t have a pitcher, then you’re not going to have a game. So, she’s played a vital role. And at the plate, she’s always been a clutch hitter.”
The work she has had to do in reaching this point has been immense, molding her technique both as a hitter and pitcher, including working with renowned pitching coach Billy “Chief” Gerald, to become the best player she can be.
Even though she had good results, including earning all-conference and the team’s Coaches Award for her season year, she wasn’t sure if all she’d done would amount to much. But her family support again played a big role in her success.
“I’d been on the fence for a while,” she says. “I didn’t know if I was good enough, strong enough, and I had many people doubting me. But my dad said I could do it and it’s up to me to get what I want, get my dreams.”
So, as she weighed her options, which also included playing at Brevard and St. Andrews as well as studying at East Carolina, she decided to play for coach Amber Reid and the Crusaders, the two-time defending NJCAA Division 11 Region X Conference champions.
“It’s mainly the coach,” says Shiflett, who wants to study physical therapy and business, of what swung her decision. “She’s very encouraging, very supportive, and she can also get me where I need to be if I want to do D-I. …
“It’s very exciting. I spent so much time and effort. You know, you can’t go out on the weekends because you have softball. But softball’s been a very positive thing in my life.”