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Q&A: Morris softball player Morgan Akre

Morris pitcher/first baseman Morgan Akre is one of two Redskins who will be playing college softball next season, as the senior will head to St. Joseph's College in Rensslelaer, Ind., where she will be a position player.

Last year, Akre hit .318 with 10 runs scored and 19 RBI for the Redskins.

The subject of this weeks' Q&A session, discussed her future at St. Joseph's, as well as her current season with the Redskins.

Q. As a pitcher, what do you hope to accomplish in 2012?

A. I hope to get a lot of strikeouts in every game and minimize my walks. That's my main focus, is not getting walks, because of course everyone's going to hit. But walks are what really hurts you because they aren't earning it.

Q. What's the key fundamentally in limiting your walks?

Practicing a lot. And just a lot of repetition. Because what a lot of coaches say is you should be able to pitch with your eyes closed and pitch strikes.

Q. How many pitches do you throw? Which ones?

I throw a fastball, changeup, rise and drop.

Q. You'll be playing softball for St. Joseph's College (a Division-II school in Rensselaer, Ind.). Why did you choose to go there?

A. It's a smaller school and most of the kids that go there are athletes. The coach (Frank Wilkins) and the players are very easy to get along with.

Q. Any other colleges that you looked at?

A. I looked at St. Francis, and I was interested in playing at Northern and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Q. What position do you expect to play in college?

A. I think I'll probably play outfield. [Wilkins] said he wanted me for hitting, and I'll probably do a little pitching, too.

Jen Lowery is in her first year as Morris softball coach. How has the team adjusted to her?

A. I think we've adjusted really well. We're not exactly all together yet, but we I feel are together more than we were last year, clique-wise.

Q. What's her coaching style like?

Her style is more of, we play together as a team, and not as individuals. And we work hard at practice to play just as hard as we practice.

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