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Tatum Morris to play for Clarkson next year

April 21, 2020 by Brett LaBore

Moving onto the next level in college athletics is both exciting and fun, as well as an achievement. Lakeland’s Tatum Morris gets to do that next year.

Tatum Morris will be joining Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, for softball next season. 

“(It was the) best fit for me. I went out there and got to meet a lot of the team,” she said. “Everyone there was really nice and encouraging to be around. It kinda felt like home.”

Last season, Tatum Morris was an integral part of the Thunderbirds’ success. She showed her skills in both the pitching and hitting categories. 

In the Great Northern Conference, she ranked tied for fourth with four wins and was second with 51 strikeouts. Her 3.58 ERA was fifth best in the conference. 

As a hitter, Tatum Morris led the team with 12 hits, helping her to a batting average of .364. She also accumulated four RBIs and three runs scored.

In 2018, Tatum Morris ranked tied for fourth with four conference wins and fifth with 34 strikeouts. She pitched 46 innings and had a 3.50 ERA.

Over the first three years of her career, Tatum Morris was able to garner first team all-conference in both 2018 and 2019 and honorable mention in 2017.

Her passion for the game comes from the game of softball itself and all that it entails.

“I’ve always been an active kid and softball (you’re) able to run, hit and field,” she said. “I’ve always loved fielding and diving for a ball. A combination is what makes softball my passion.”

One of Tatum Morris’ favorite memories came during her first year with 16U when they won the NSA State Tournament in Kimberly.

“We ended up being in the losers’ bracket and we came back to win the whole tourney and to see the team work together in the way we did — it was amazing to be a part of and it was a lot of fun overall,” she said.

As coach of the Lakeland softball team, Jason Morris also gets the honor of being Tatum’s father and he has seen how hard she has worked.

“Definitely work ethic, grown into a solidly skilled player,” he said. “(Tatum) found a coach that worked for her and continued to work at it and have seen the results of that at this point.”

A lot of seniors might not get a chance to play their final season and show off their talent. Fortunately for Tatum Morris, the decision to go to Clarkson was already wrapped up before the pandemic.

“The biggest comfort is knowing she had the decision before the season started,” coach Morris said. “The predicament didn’t influence any outcomes, which was good.”

Right now it’s up in the air as to whether he can coach his daughter one more time at Lakeland. But no matter what, Jason Morris gets to watch her play at Clarkson.

“I’m proud of the work she’s put in since she was eight years, 10 years old playing this game,” he said. “She never gave up and I’m proud of her for that.”

Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]

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