Williamson back in the swing

Martin County West’s Morgan Williamson had resigned herself to the fact that her high school softball playing days were over after Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s dealt the Mavericks a 6-5 loss in the Section 2A quarterfinals on May 25 at Caswell Park in North Mankato.

Then the first-team all-state honoree was named to the 2013 Minnesota Fastpitch Coaches’ Association All-Star Series on June 9 back at Caswell Park, prolonging her season. From there, Williamson was asked to compete in a border battle softball game against high school all-stars from Wisconsin on July 9 in Madison, Wis.

“After we lost that game (against Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s), it was hard because I thought that I was done playing softball. Then I got asked to be in the all-star game and now this. It’s kind of like my career’s never going to end,” said Williamson.

The three-year varsity starter and two-time all-Valley Conference selection has had a memorable four years for the Mavericks softball team.

Along with locking down third base for all three varsity seasons, Williamson also was effective from the batter’s box. Williamson set a school record for RBIs during her junior season, driving in 39 runs.

This year’s Maverick captain also finished her career with 65 hits, including five home runs, three triples and 18 doubles for a career batting average of .380.

With the wide range of talents, Williamson was asked to play on a team of 15 against Wisconsin’s all-stars in Madison.

“I am definitely a little nervous. At the all-star (series), they break us down by class, but for the border battle, I’ll be playing with girls from AA and AAA,” said Williamson. “It’s a huge honor to be asked to play though, because there were only 15 girls from all three classes asked to play.”

With Martin County West playing at the Class A level, Williamson also is grateful for past summer team experience.

Those seasons prepared her to face the higher level of competition from the Wisconsin pitchers, which isn’t the only thing that Williamson will be focused on in the weeks leading up to the game.

“Since I played last summer with a team in the (Twin) Cities, it gave me a chance to face some of the stronger competition,” said Williamson. “Around where we are, good pitchers might have a fastball and a slow one, maybe a sinking pitch. At the higher levels though, the pitchers have more spin and usually so many different pitches. So I think since I’ve seen that before I’m less nervous.”

While Williamson was lacing up the cleats for the Mavericks, the varsity team went a combined 46-14, finishing 10-6 this season with an appearance in the Section 2A tournament.

The regular season might be all business, but the all-star series and the border battle have been a little more fun for Williamson.

“The all-star (series) was really relaxed. I didn’t do too much to prepare for it,” said Williamson. “But I will definitely have a ball in my hand a lot between now and the border battle. I played with some of the city girls on a summer team last summer, but I want to make sure I’m ready for the game.”

Despite playing with some girls that she hasn’t met, Williamson is still excited to win the battle.

“Even though it’ll be a fun game, I think it’ll be competitive,” said Williamson. “We still want to win the game, and prove that our all-stars are better than Wisconsin’s.”