TN Mojo Fastpitch:
Name: Morgan Maxwell
Hometown: Newark, DE
Grad Year: 2027
Travel Team: TN Mojo 2027 - Palmer
High School: Caravel Academy
Height: 5' 8"
Pitching Arsenal w/Speeds
Fastball: 61 – 64 MPH
Curve: 60 – 63 MPH
Backdoor Curve: 60 – 63 MPH
Drop: 61 – 64 MPH
Change: 46 - 49 MPH
Overhand Velocity: 64 MPH
Exit Velocity off Tee: 74 MPH
Home to First: 2.8
Intended Study Major: Pre-Med
You’re an elite blue-chip prospect. The top overall prospect in your class. What else can you tell us about yourself?
I come from a very supportive close-knit family currently residing in Newark, Delaware and attending Caravel Academy. I’m a student–athlete with a 3.96 GPA and a member of the National Jr. Honor Society. My hobbies include gardening, cooking and community service.
Recognized as a member of the National Honors Society.
Grades comes first.
How did your softball journey begin?
My softball journey started with playing Tee–Ball at 5 years old. At age 7 my parents started me with Coach Rob for batting lessons. Then when I was 8 years old, I unknowingly went to a travel softball team practice and found out it was really a tryout. This is how I made the transition to my 1st travel softball team.
Where it all started 8 years old playing 10U Travel Ball with Orange Crush!
What are your greatest strengths as a softball player?
My greatest strength as a softball player is my ability to handle failure and stay composed. I flush the bad plays and focus on the next play. After the game, I review what I can control and learn what I can improve on next time.
Lady Dukes 13U Elite won USSSA East National Championship.
"My team had my back helping me achieve Most Outstanding Pitcher."
What kind of Pitcher are you?
A pitcher that completes and attacks on every pitch. From throwing change-ups on 3-2 counts or pitching inside to big hitters whatever helps my team to win.
What kind of hitter are you and what are your most recent offensive stats?
I would describe myself as a contact hitter with power to all fields. My goal per bat is to have a plan when I first step into the batter’s box and make adjustments per pitch if needed once I see how the pitcher is pitching to me.
Summer Batting Stats (Limited play in the Fall – Injured): AB: 82, AVG: .402, BA/RISP: .438, SLG: .732, OBP: .480, HR: 5, SO: 10
Summer Pitching Stats: W-L: 12-0, IP: 90.2, SO: 102, BB: 15, ERA: .463, WHIP: .596, BAA: .125
Describe your leadership style and what characteristics do you find in outstanding leaders?
I lead by example by always being prepared to play and supporting my teammates. I find good leaders are those players that are able to perform in big moments and support teammates while in the dugout.
Leading her Varsity High School team reach their third consecutive State Championship Game
You’re obviously very busy with so many activities and events in your life. How do you balance your life and manage your time so effectively?
I work with my parents weekly to develop a schedule for both school and softball needs. School is always first. So during school hours, I get as much homework completed as I can during my free time or study periods. Then after school, I can dedicate my time to softball and hobbies. Time management is something I work on every day.
Selected to participate in the (9U) USSSA All American Games
Describe your game day mental preparation and your thought process and mindset in the circle and/or the batter’s box.
Game day preparation starts the day before the game making sure I get a good night’s sleep. Since most of my tournaments are a minimum of 10-hour drive, we make sure to arrive a day before the games start. Once we arrive I make sure to get some rest and start my pregame warm-ups.
In the Circle (Pitching) – Discuss with coaches the game plan if I am pitching. Warm-up with my bands, stretching and my pitching sequence. Then Game Time!
Batter’s Box (Batting) – I get 75 – 100 swings before my first game between tee work and front toss. Watch the pitcher warm up and talk to the batters up before me. This info, helps me have a plan when I get into the batter’s box. Make adjustments per pitch if needed and learn from each at bat.
What is your favorite sports memory and greatest achievement?
Pitching a No-Hitter and hitting 2-Home Runs in the same game during PGF Nationals.
Honored to receive mail from Alabama
How do you handle adversity and even failure?
I flush it and move on to the next play.
How would your teammates and friends describe you?
They would say I’m selfless and encouraging. Also, I lead by example and always have positive words with good body language during tough times. (I asked past and current teammates).
"Winning State Championship Title! What a great group of Players/Coaches!"
Who is your role model and or idol and why?
Mom and Dad would be my role models based on how they support me with everything I do. My mom teaches life lessons through school activities and how important it is to do community service. My dad always talks about how the game of softball teaches life lessons and how to handle failure, but keep trying.
Selected to the All-American All-Stars Game
If you could spend a day with any softball player, former or current, whom would it be and why?
Rachel Garcia (UCLA) – She was a 2-way player that performed as a Number One Pitcher and Number 4 Hitter at a high level. I would want to learn how she accomplished this achievement at such a high level consistently.
Photo Cred: UCLA Athletics
What is your softball dream/goal?
To play softball at the highest level possible.
On another flight to play in highly competitive National Tournament
Describe your perfect softball team.
The perfect softball team is the one I’m currently on (TN Mojo 2027 - Palmer). The reason I say this is because of the culture, everyone has to compete and earn their spot in the lineup every game and every season. All my teammates have goals of playing D1 at the highest level and our coaches will prepare us for this journey. (Easy Doesn’t Create Greatness!)
TN Mojo 2027 - Palmer
When deciding on what college team to play for what are the most important things you’re looking for?
In this order: Academics, Coaching Staff, Championship Culture, Team Chemistry, and Location.
Attended UCLA, Florida, and Oklahoma Prospect Camps!
What are your favorite college softball teams?
Any Power 5 or D1 Program that will value what I bring to the classroom and softball field.
"Awesome to receive mail from @OU_Softball
Thank you! Excited to keep working & improving."
What gets you hyped or ready before a game or tournament?
The type of practice I have before any tournament puts me in the right frame of mind to compete. I practice 4 – 6 times per week focusing on aspects of the game I need to improve on. Reviewing videos from previous games gets me locked in for upcoming games or tournaments.
Honored to throw out the (1st Pitch) at the USA All American Games! Thank you Coaches
What is your favorite jersey number and why did you choose it?
My first travel ball number was 12, when I moved to a more competitive team #12 was taken. Then one of my coaches stated my personality was not too hot and not too cold like 72 degrees. So she thought 72 represented me well because of my composure during the games. So after that, any team I play for I requested #72 and I’m pretty sure no player will have this number!
Great experience at Florida!
What other hobbies do you have to balance out softball and your personal life?
I’m someone that loves to hang out at the beach with friends. Also, I love to travel, shop, and garden. I enjoy cooking and making pasta dishes as well.
Vacating in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Development never stops!
Whom would you like to thank for your softball achievements and support?
First of all, I would like to thank my parents and grandmother for all their guidance and late-night conversations. Secondly, all the batting, pitching, and strength coaches that train me and challenge me to be great. This is just the start of my journey and I will continue to work towards my goals.
Additional Information About Morgan
Walk up Song: Lose Yourself - Eminem
Favorite Food: Pasta/Chinese Food
Favorite Song: All I Do Is Win – DJ Khaled
Favorite Music Artist: Beyonce/The Weekend/SZA
Favorite Sports Team: Philadelphia Eagles/LA Dodgers/Golden State Warriors
Favorite Sports Celebrity: Rachel Garcia/Shohei Ohtani
Favorite Movie: Wonder Woman
Favorite Sports Movie: A League of Their Own
Published by Elizabeth Perez, Legacy & Legends Softball, July 27, 2023