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2022 Free Agent Morgan Deering

 

 

 

Morgan Deering

USSSA Playing History

Interview conducted on 11/11/2021

Who are you playing with in 2022, and who have you played with in the past?
2022 Free Agent – morgan.deering3@gmail.com

2021 Denver Stars

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
I play 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Pitcher, and I would say my best position would be 3rd.

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Bubba Mack and Josh Riley

Why do you like the game of softball?
I love softball for the comradery and competition. There is nothing better than stepping onto the field with your family to go out all out and compete to be the best. I just cannot ever get enough.

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
I would have to say Jr Moralez. This boys hands are smooth. I have played against him and watched him a few time now, and I would say he one of the better infielders out there right now.

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
I don't really have one from the guys, but the nephews call me Morgies. Hoping it doesn't stick forever.

What is your height and weight?
5' 11" and 215lbs

Where do you call home?
Parker, CO

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
If I am not playing softball, you can find me hanging out with my wife or with my nephews and niece! Family is everything to me.

What do you do for a living?
Commercial Director for Bailey's Moving & Storage

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Baseball and some Basketball through high school

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I got my start playing with some professors from my college in Pensacola, FL where I got the opportunity to meet Bubba Mack. He really opened my eyes to what softball could be if I put my mind to it. Getting to the upper level wasn't easy. I put in a lot of sweat and time, and thanks to some opportunities from Dustin Wager and Will Sanchez I was given the chance to play at the conference level.

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
The speed and intensity that the guys play with on every pitch surprised me the most.

Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
Not really. I try and focus on being as flexible as possible. That way I can do whatever is asked of me at any time.

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
One of my favorite moments was when I played on the same team as my two brothers and my older brother won offensive MVP, my younger brother won defensive MVP, and I was All Tournament. It was a great day!

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Dustin Wager, Losson White, and Mark Deering probably impact me the most. Their work ethic, passion for the game and the time spent pouring knowledge into me has pushed me to want to be the best player I can possibly be.

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Work hard. You never know who is watching when you step on a field. Every play is a tryout.

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
I use an overlap grip with a 26oz bat

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
BP, infield work, and hitting the gym

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
St Louis Cardinals. I really enjoy playing golf.

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
I go through the same motions before I bat each time. Helps me to relax and focus on my strategy for that at bat.

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Legendary by Welshly Arms

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
I actually think its ran pretty darn well.

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Steamboat Mountain Magic…wood bat tournament in a beautiful Steamboat, CO. My wife and I always use it as a little get away.

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
I would say Space Coast is the nicest, but you can't beat the views at Skyview Sports Complex in Colorado Springs.

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Anywhere I can get a good steak.

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
I watched a routine ground ball hit my second baseman's knee and shoot off to the outfield wall in left like a pinball. At the time I couldn't believe what I just witnessed, but looking back it was pretty comical.

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
Most people don't know that I have been playing the cello for 21 years.
 

 

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