Hannah Morton had a brilliant career at Georgetown College, but she was determined that May 5 was not going to be her final softball game.
The Indiana native learned exactly a month later that she was drafted in a developing professional league — the American Softball Association.
The ASBA has four teams that play a schedule from mid-June through July.
Morton was a second round selection of Performance Lab. PL is one of two new teams to the league sponsors this year.
Returning teams from the inaugural 2018 season are Moh – BEEL! USA and E1 Pro Ballers. The Field and PL replace Future 1s and Outkast, which finished second and third respectively this past year.
Morton pitched 531 innings for Georgetown with 496 strikeouts in four seasons in the circle for the Tigers. She finished with 55 wins and a 2.21 ERA. She also played first and hit from time to time. She had 36 hits in 141 plate appearances with nine doubles, one triple, two home runs, 13 RBI and 10 runs scored.
"Coach (Thomas Thornton) told me back in November that he had received an email from the ASBA about inviting me to the draft," Morton said. "Having played my whole life, I gladly accepted the offer. I was among 100-plus women from all collegiate divisions, so I wasn't sure what my chances were coming from a small NAIA school in Kentucky. Wednesday, the draft started and it was live on twitter. I was watching and was the second pick by Performance Lab."
The four teams play five games a week in Mobile, Alabama. Morton was selected as a pitcher-first base combination with no real knowledge of the team's plans for her once she arrives in Mobile.
Games started June 14, but staying true to her educational passion, she has another hurdle to consider in working out another two months of softball.
"I'm heading to Belmont in August for nursing school and still have one class to take this summer," Morton said. "I have to see if there is something I can take in Mobile that will work. This is an amazing opportunity that I'm trying my hardest to take, but finding that class is priority one. I'm doing my research.
"I'm very thankful for this opportunity and Georgetown and coach Thornton and coach (Kelli) Edwards for all the support and best four years of my career."
Morton is the first Tiger softball player to be drafted by a professional softball league. She was two-time MSC All-Conference and 2018 NFCA All-Region second team.