Dracut senior Sabrina Morse has been a constant presence behind the plate for four years. She’s also a great hitter and a smart and savvy presence on
Dracut senior Sabrina Morse has been a constant presence behind the plate for four years. She's also a great hitter and a smart and savvy presence on the field for the Middies. COURTESY PHOTO

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DRACUT -- Once Sabrina Morse settles into her crouch, her mind is racing at a higher rate of speed than the pitch she is about to receive from Dracut High power hurler Ryley White.

Morse, a senior co-captain, has been the Middies' starting catcher since her freshman season. This spring will be the fourth straight year that Morse has teamed up with White, a senior who will continue her softball career at Division 1 UMass Lowell, to provide Dracut with a pitcher-catcher battery second to none.

She may earn her keep while wearing the so-called "tools of ignorance," but Morse's softball IQ is off the charts. When it comes to calling pitches, setting up defensive alignments in the field or her mental approach to hitting and base running, Morse has proven to have a head for the game.

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Sabrina Morse

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"She's smart on the bases," said Dracut's first-year head coach Jason Keefe. "She's smart behind the plate. She's a smart hitter. She's just a very smart softball player.

"She's always thinking. Her mind is always going. We had just started practice and she had already come to me and said, 'We need to work on this and that.' She's already planning for things that may come up just as much as I'm planning. She truly is an extension of the coaching staff on the field."

Softball is sport filled with numbers by which to base a player's performance. Morse posted batting averages of .436 as a sophomore and .438 as a junior.

The numbers she posts in the classroom are equally stellar. Morse is a National Honor Society student with a 4.


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53 grade-point-average. She will attend Cornell University, where she plans on majoring in engineering.

At the moment, she doesn't plan on playing college softball at Cornell.

"She is a true student-athlete," said Keefe, who had been Dracut's JV coach. "She's not just a great representative of our softball program, she's a great representative of Dracut High School. She fits the mold of what schools look for in an athlete."

Morse has called many of the pitches that have resulted in White being named the MVC Division 2 Player of the Year the past two seasons.

"At this point, I'm used to catching (White)," said Morse, a two-time Sun first-team softball all-star. "I know the spin. I know the speed. It's gotten to the point where it's almost easy, and it's harder to catch other pitchers. But if I wasn't used to her, catching her would be very difficult."

While Morse is good at every aspect of the game, one of her best attributes is her strong throwing arm. Her sophomore season she threw out 75 percent of the runners who attempted to steal while helping the Middies advance to the Division 2 state final.

"I take a lot of pride in my defense," said Morse. "That's one of my favorite parts of the game, throwing people out. Waiting for them to try and steal, so I can get try to get them out."

Praise from the ace

White is quick to credit the role Morse has played in her success in the circle.

"It's so good pitching to her," said White. "We've known each other for so long. She knows how to catch me really good. It definitely gives me a little bit more confidence having her back there. I can rely on her. She's a great catcher."

Morse is a solid contact hitter with a compact stroke. She belted three homers, two triples and three doubles, hitting second in the Middies' batting order last spring.

"She's very patient up there," said Keefe. "She swings at strikes. You won't see her swinging at a bad pitch. She makes consistent contact and she has some pop. I like having a great hitter in the two spot. It helps set things in motion."

Morse's sister, Katrina, is a freshman outfielder in Dracut's program, while younger brother, Easton, is a talented up-and-coming athlete. She has also received plenty of support from her parents, Kara and Robb, and older sister, Marina.

While she is excited about attending Cornell, Morse is focused on making the last hurrah in her varsity softball career a loud one.

"It's been so much fun, especially sophomore year making it all the way to the state final," said Morse. "That was probably the most exciting experience of my life. Hopefully, this year we can make another run at it. The team should be really good."

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