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Turlocks Riddick an early signee to Stanislaus softball
Turlock High’s Morgan Riddick slides past Pitman High catcher Rachel Clapper during Turlock’s 5-1 win against their cross-town rival last year. - photo by Journal file photo
Last spring, Turlock High softball pitcher/infielder Morgan Riddick produced the kind of season that granted her many accolades, including being named the Central California Conference’s co-MVP.
During the offseason, things got better.
Last week, months before her senior season in spring 2010, Riddick became a Cal State Stanislaus Warrior after officially signing with the program’s softball team under coach Jan Schefkowitz, who appreciates athletes that stay close to home to play sports.
“I am happy that such an outstanding student-athlete from Turlock has decided to stay and compete for her town’s university,” Schefkowitz said.
Riddick was one of three talented prep athletes who signed early with the Warriors last week. The others were Pleasanton’s Foothill High pitcher/first baseman Keri Ball and Elk Grove’s Franklin High infielder Laura Ginns. Both players have earned plenty of accolades, including all-league and all-state selections.
Riddick, who stands at 5-foot-7, has also received honors. Besides being named one of the CCC’s MVPs last season, she has also been picked as a two-time all-league and academic all-league honoree. In 2009, Riddick batted .403 with 22 RBIs and posted a 1.16 ERA with 161 strikeouts, 10 shutouts and a 15-8 record in 145 1/3 innings in leading the Bulldogs to an impressive playoff run.
“We are very happy to have this trio of freshmen who are all softball scholar-athletes and accomplished players,” Schefkowitz said. “We expect these student-athletes to not only keep our winning tradition and national status going, we also expect them to improve on it.”
The Warriors had another stellar season in 2009, advancing all the way to the super regional round of the NCAA Division II Tournament after winning the west regional in Arcata.