Sarah Spencer profiles Hempfield softball standout Morgan Ryan.
(Photo: Hempfield's Morgan Ryan is focused on leading the Spartans to another WPIAL and PIAA championship. Peter Diana/Post-Gazette)
"When Hempfield Area softball failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in coach Bob Kalp's 18th season, then-freshman pitcher Morgan Ryan reached out to him with a message that set the tone for the Spartans' next two seasons.
"I sent him an email saying 'Coach, I'm tired of hearing about Latrobe in the paper,'" Ryan said. "'Next year it's going to be us. I'm going to keep working hard and I'm going to help the team win two, maybe three WPIALs and states.'"
Now a senior committed to Notre Dame, Ryan and Hempfield's team spent the next two years backing up her claims. The Spartans won the WPIAL 4A championship before falling in the PIAA semifinals her sophomore year, and won another WPIAL title the next year followed by a PIAA title.
"So far, so good," Ryan said. "One year left.""