Mor­ton signs with Ch­e­sa­peake

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

— North Dorch­ester four-year var­sity pitcher Brooke Mor­ton will be go­ing to the col­le­giate level next year as she re­cently signed to play soft­ball at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege.

— North Dorch­ester four-year var­sity pitcher Brooke Mor­ton will be go­ing to the col­le­giate level next year as she re­cently signed to play soft­ball at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege.

Mor­ton, who is known for her changeup, has seven wins in 2017, in­clud­ing a 13-3 vic­tory over county ri­val Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester on May 1. She pitched a com­plete game with seven strike­outs and three RBIs at the plate.

She also helped lead Tri-City Lit­tle League to the 2016 Dis­trict 6 Cham­pi­onship. She is a mem­ber of the Shore Xplo­sion travel soft­ball team.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity to play at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege,” Mor­ton said at her sign­ing day on Tues­day, May 2. “I’m very thank­ful to (Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege) coach Dur­rie Hayes for this great op­por­tu­nity, and all the coaches I’ve had through the years. I’m very ex­cited to be able to play in col­lege and see what I’m up against.”

Mor­ton, who will be study­ing busi­ness at Ch­e­sa­peake, started get­ting looked at by the Skip­jacks when Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester Ka­reem Otey told Hayes to watch Mor­ton pitch. Hayes watched Mor­ton play on her travel ball team, the Shore

Xplo­sion, and gave her an of­fer to come to Ch­e­sa­peake, which just fin­ished its nines­traight sea­son ad­vanc­ing to the Re­gion XX fi­nal four.

“It means a lot when a com­pet­ing coach thinks I’m good enough to play in col­lege,” Mor­ton said. “Even though we play against Cam­bridge, coach Otey has been a big sup­porter of mine. I ap­pre­ci­ate every­thing she has done for me.”

Mor­ton has been play­ing for North Dorch­ester head coach Clark Har­ri­son from Lit­tle League to high school. Mor­ton led Tri-City to a 12-1 mark in 2016 and the Dis­trict 6 Cham­pi­onship.

“I’m su­per proud of Brooke,” Har­ri­son said. “She is great on the mound — al­ways gives you every­thing she has. I’ve been able to coach her all through Lit­tle League and to high school.

“She is a great com­peti­tor, and I’m very happy she is be­ing re­warded for her hard work and play on the field,” he added. She is a great per­son.”

Mor­ton said she has had great coaches through her en­tire ca­reer, start­ing with her dad, Brett Mor­ton in T-ball to Har­ri­son in high school.

“I’m re­ally glad I got to ex­pe­ri­ence high school at North Dorch­ester,” she said. “I’ve had a lot of great coaches and team­mates that I’ve been able to learn so much from. It has been a great time play­ing for Clark all of these years. We al­ways have a lot of fun.

“It is great start­ing in Tball with my dad as coach,” she added. “I ap­pre­ci­ate every­thing my par­ents have done for me. They are such big sup­port­ers of mine.

“Also, my Shore Xpol­sion coach Jody Ward is great to play for,” she con­tin­ued. “He re­ally gives me a lot of con­fi­dence on the field. Coach Ward has made me a much bet­ter player, and much bet­ter per­son.”

For the last four years, Bay­side Con­fer­ence bat­ters have had to deal with Mor­ton’s changeup, which re­sults many times in a strike­out.

“Melissa Hast­ings taught me a new way to throw a changeup,” Mor­ton said. “It is a pitch that has re­ally clicked with me. I ap­pre­ci­ate her show­ing me how to throw it.”

Brooke’s par­ents each said they are very proud of her ac­com­plish­ments.

“We are re­ally proud Brooke is get­ting an op­por­tu­nity to play in col­lege,” said Jen­nifer Mor­ton. “She loves the game, and works re­ally hard at it. For her to be able to keep play­ing is great.”

“We ap­pre­ci­ate all the coaches that have sup­ported Brooke through the years,” Brett Mor­ton said. “Clark, coach Otey and Jody Ward have been great in­flu­ences on Brooke’s life and her game. We are happy she can con­tinue to play a sport that she loves.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Dorch­ester pitcher Brooke Mor­ton, sit­ting, signs to play soft­ball at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege. Mor­ton is joined on her sign­ing day by North Dorch­ester Prin­ci­pal Jac­que­line Sor­rells, left, her mom Jen­nifer Mor­ton, Ea­gle head coach Clark Har­ri­son, her dad Brett Mor­ton and North Dorch­ester Ath­letic Direc­tor Terri Wright

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Dorch­ester’s Brooke Mor­ton gets the com­plete-game vic­tory against Cr­is­field on April 20.

North Dorch­ester’s Brooke Mor­ton fires a pitch in her fresh­man year in 2014.

North Dorch­ester’s Brooke Mor­ton dou­bles in her ju­nior year in 2016.

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