Megan Morrow, with her Napanee Express U23 Women’s Softball Team, represented Ontario at the 2022 Women’s Canadian FastPitch Championships in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan earlier this month. The team finished sixth with a 2-6 record.
Morrow’s U23 Napanee Express won the bronze medal in Paris at the Provincial Women’s Softball Association Championships on Monday, July 18, 2022, marking the second time her squad has qualified for the National Championships, the Boys and Girls Club (BGC) South East shared in a press release.
“In the process of qualifying, Morrow pitched a gem against Stittsville for a tight 3-2 victory. That win made all the difference in advancing to Nationals in Saskatoon,” the organization stated.
This summer, Morrow decided to put her talents to another good use, as she ran BGC South East camp programs in Napanee out of the North Fredericksburgh Lifestyles Centre.
“Working at BGC South East has been an amazing experience. I’ve learned to make connections with kids who need the extra support,” Morrow said.
“Developing relationships allows me to help the kids solve problems. Each child works on different skills based on what they need. We teach each other too, I have been learning so much this summer.”
The BGC explained that Morrow’s experience in athletics has developed her skills as a professional and an individual, a sentiment Morrow echoed.
“I’ve been playing softball since I was 4… I feel that without the sport I wouldn’t be who I am,” she reflected. “I am lucky to pass on to the kids a love for sports and staying active. Children learn teamwork, accountability, and managing the wins and losses of life.”
This year at Nationals, the Napanee Express battled hard against teams with great experience, BGC noted. The format saw the U23 qualifiers pitted against the women’s division qualifiers with no age limit. “We ended up winning 2 of our 8 games,” Morrow shared.
“Although we didn’t get the final win, we worked together as a team and stayed positive. The teams we were playing were much older so we know we have lots of room to grow and will have more opportunities in the future.”
Morrow pitched a complete game in her team’s lone win of the round robin, striking out 7 in a 6-1 win over the host, Saskatoon Sabres. Her stat line for the tournament was an incredible 19 innings pitched, giving up only 14 hits, 7 runs, 5 earned runs, 16 strikeouts, and an ERA of 1.842.
Morrow credits her father and coach, Scott Morrow, with instilling in her a love of the game. “My dad had my sister, Kylie, and I pitching pairs of socks into the laundry basket as soon as we could walk,” she expressed.
And the team itself has a unique sense of camaraderie.
“There have been six of the girls, all local, who have played on the same team from squirt all the way through to this women’s team. It’s been really special to coach them for so long and follow their growth as players and women,” Coach Morrow said.
The younger Morrow will be returning to Brock University in the fall for her third year, where she will be looking to improve on her team’s Bronze medal finish at the OIWFA provincial finals last season.
“I want to keep playing and continue passing on this passion to local children. I am happy to have found at BGC a way I can learn and give back to our community,” Morrow said.