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Bobcats’ Morse intimidating, easygoing

Posted on June 29, 2018

By Eric Sprott

The Journal

SENECA — There may be times when she gets down, but it usually doesn’t last long with Jasmine Morse.

Seneca High School first baseman Jasmine Morse is The Journal’s 2018 All-Mountain Lakes Softball Player of the Year. (Rex Brown | The Journal)

Perspective has long been key for the recent Seneca High School graduate, and while she wants to win as much as anybody when she steps behind the lines, there’s something she always tries to remember.

“A lot of people lose sight of it, but softball’s a game,” Morse said. “It was intended to be fun, and you can be competitive and have fun at the same time.”

Morse actually had so much fun last season — and throughout her three-year run with the Bobcats — that she had some opposing teams wondering if it was genuine.

“She compliments the other teams, and I’ve even had coaches come to me and ask if she’s being a smart aleck because she’s so nice,” Seneca coach Rick Pate said. “I have to tell them that’s just how she is.”

But as nice as she is, Morse may be even more intimidating with a bat in her hands, as the opposition wasn’t exactly smiling any time she stepped into the batter’s box.

Closing out a stellar career, Morse enjoyed a strong senior campaign at Seneca, as she was named the Western 3A Player of the Year, an all-state selection and a North-South All-Star after batting .350 with five home runs and 18 RBI.

Morse, The Journal’s All-Mountain Lakes Softball Player of the Year, actually experienced a dip in her numbers from her junior season — when she batted .457 with 39 RBI and four home runs — but that was reflective of the way teams changed their approach against her this season, Pate said.

“Her numbers were down a little bit, but the impact was still the same,” he said. “She was a threat to every team we played, and other girls got opportunities to hit when they may have been pitched around, because Jasmine was in the lineup, and people had to respect that.”

And as for her power at the plate, Pate said the Erskine College signee is simply “at another level.”

“When I’m working on the field or doing something else, I can tell when Jasmine’s in the cage because it just sounds different,” he said. “What she does to a softball would probably be illegal in three states.”

Morse said she doesn’t step in the box looking to put the ball over the fence every time, as she’s happy to simply reach first base by any means.

And while her power has served her and the Bobcats well, the demeanor she’s brought — and will take to Erskine — may be her biggest attribute, as well as her legacy at Seneca.

“If I’m having a good time, I can make sure everyone else is having a good time,” she said. “In the dugout, if they’re down, I can get them up, tell them some jokes and crack them up a little. If I’m having a good time, everyone else is having a good time, so I make myself laugh, I make them laugh and then everyone’s laughing. It’s just a good time.”

“To her, the game is bigger than just the score,” Pate added. “She’s very unique in that she’s a competitor, but she’s also a really good human being.”

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