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Bryant signs letter of intent with Marietta College

| December 16, 2019

Morgan Bryant signed her letter of intent to play softball at Marietta College on Monday, Dec. 16. She is pictured with her parents and sister. From left: Garrison Bryant, Morgan, Lindsay Bryant, and Nina Bryant.

COSHOCTON – Morgan Bryant has been playing softball since she was 4 years old and will carry her passion for the sport to Marietta College where she has been accepted into the honors program. Bryant plans to major in education with an emphasis on biology and signed her letter of intent to play softball at Marietta College on Monday, Dec. 16.

“Everybody in my life has really contributed to my love of softball, whether it be supporting me at games or my parents taking me to my travel softball stuff during the summer or getting batting lessons, and taking me to hit at batting cages,” said Bryant. “My friends have also always been huge in supporting me at games, and my friends that were on my team have also been really supportive.”

Bryant plans to come back to the area to teach and coach someday. She has a lot of memories of her high school years at Coshocton that she will take with her to college.

“My favorite memory was probably when I was a freshman and we were in the tournaments and we were supposed to play Garaway,” said Bryant. “They were ranked two in the state. That was a pretty big game. We had nothing to lose and we ended up beating them, which was probably one of the most memorable wins that I’ve had throughout my high school career.”

Bryant’s dad, Garrison Bryant, remembers Morgan’s freshman year as well.

“I think every year is special,” said Garrison. “There’s one particular time when she was a freshman, they played Garaway, and they were ranked at number two in the state. They beat them. That was pretty phenomenal.”

Morgan played second base and shortstop during her high school career. She is a four-year letter winner in volleyball while serving as a team captain for two years. She will also be a four-year letter winner in softball this spring.

“Morgan is one of the hardest workers out there,” said Coach Mark Murray, softball varsity coach at Coshocton High School for two years. “She strives to better herself every day, every practice, and works hard in the off season. She’s had a goal to go on and play at the next level. Morgan will definitely be a benefit to Marietta’s program.”

Morgan’s career stats include a batting average of .383, on base percentage of .405, 98 hits, and 45 RBIs. She was also on First Team District 5 in 2018, Second Team District 5 in 2019, Second Team ECOL in 2018, and had honorable mention in 2019.

Morgan’s mom, Nina Bryant, said that playing softball in college is something that Morgan has wanted to do for a long time.

“I think today is especially exciting because she started playing softball when she was 4,” said Nina. “She played indoor t-ball at Kids America, so to see her come from age 4 all the way to 18 is just really awesome to see how she’s progressed over the years. This has been her dream. Her dream has been to play college softball since elementary school, so today is exciting because it’s kind of that first step in attaining that goal that she’s had for a long time. She’s very passionate about it.”

Both her mom and dad have advice for Morgan as she begins her college journey next year.

“Keep working hard,” said Garrison. “She gets really good grades academically, so just have fun with it and see where it goes.”

“Always remember to have fun,” said Nina. “My college experience was great. I met so many wonderful friends, and those truly are the friends that kind of help you at that next level. Enjoy your first sense of independence and take it all in and have fun. Focus on your school and sports and enjoy this wonderful time.”

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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