Harrison Central Softball: Kayla Moran signs with University of Mobile

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More than nine months after committing to the University of Mobile, Harrison Central softball standout Kayla Moran is ready to make it official.

This afternoon, Moran signed a national letter of intent with the Rams who compete in the Southern States Athletic Conference of the NAIA.

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A two-way player in high school, the lefty senior is being recruited as a college outfielder that can just about do it all.

In 2019, Moran was second on the Red Rebelettes with a .406 batting average. She was also second on the team in runs and hits, while tying for the team-lead in doubles and triples.

Even in 2020, dreams do still come true. Moran said, “I don’t know. I think it’s like the dream of when I was a little girl. I always wanted to play DI, play softball in college. That was just always my dream. I just wanted to play softball in college and now I’m fulfilling that dream. It might not be DI, but it’s like as I grow older, I realize academics over sports. But now that I get to play softball and get a good education, it’s just like 100 percent I’ve got to go there.”

Harrison Central Head Softball Coach Jimmy Parker said, “She works hard before the game. She’s loud. I like loud players. You need to be loud to play this game, and she’s not shy. And when she starts playing the game, they’re going to see her hustle. And most scouts, that’s one of the first things they’re looking for.”

Kayla says her favorite kinds of cupcakes at the signing day ceremony are chocolate.

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