published Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Meigs County senior Morgan Boggess to play for Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn.

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    Meigs County pitcher Morgan Boggess in this file photo.
    Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Meigs County senior Morgan Boggess has accepted a scholarship offer to play softball at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn.

Boggess said she had met with the Lady Governors coaches last December at a softball camp at the University of Tennessee. Coach Stephanie Paris invited Boggess for a visit, which she made in February.

"I just love the campus," Boggess said. "I love the coaches. I don't know. I just fell in love with it when I went up there."

Boggess, who recently completed her summer season playing for coach Tony Boyd's Tennessee Fury 18-under team, has been on the District 5-AA regular-season and tournament championship team each year at Meigs. The Lady Tigers have competed in two state sectionals in that time, and they advanced to the state tournament last spring.

"She's been a major reason," Meigs coach Jeff Davis said. "She's been our number one pitcher since she's gotten here, the year after we went to the state tournament with seven seniors. She's led us in RBIs and home runs, too."

Boggess enters her final season at Meigs County, which will compete in District 4-A next year, with a 48-19 career pitching record, a 2.15 ERA, 25 homers and 99 RBIs. Her career batting average is .372, and she has registered 369 strikeouts in 430 innings pitched.

"She's just a great kid," Davis said. "She's really church-oriented. She's a soft kid, but you wouldn't know by looking at her. She's probably one of the hardest workers I've ever had. She continually works all year long."

Boggess said she plans to major in nursing, and Austin Peay's nursing program was another big factor in her decision.

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Kelley Smiddie is a sports writer who has worked at the Times Free Press for 12 years. He covers high school sports and softball. Kelley’s hometown is Chattanooga, and he graduated from Brainerd High School and graduated Chattanooga State and UTC. Contact Kelley at 423-757-6653 or

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