After completing a standout career leading the Neosho Lady Wildcats softball team, senior Morgan Rathmann signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday to continue her softball career collegiately at Missouri Western State University.
Rathmann, who provided a wealth of leadership to the Lady Wildcats’ program throughout her career, hit .482 with six doubles, five home runs, 18 RBI, 28 runs scored and 21 stolen bases while batting leadoff for coach Melissa Clark this season. During the summer she led the MC Outlaws with a .516 average with 92 runs scored and 52 stolen bases.
She’ll be joining a Lady Griffons team that went 42-13 overall last season. The strength of the program was the main draw for Rathmann.
“What really stood out to me with Missouri Western was their strong program,” She said. “They’re very good. I’m really excited to further my career there. I think I’ll have a great career at Missouri Western.”
Rathmann’s hard work in the field has been matched by her work in the classroom as well. A member of the National Honors Society and Neosho Honors Academy, Rathmann is also a first-team academic All-State recipient.
On the field, Rathmann has earned All-District honors four times, All-Central Ozark Conference three times, All-Region twice (including this season) and All-District. She earned first-team All-Conference, All-Region and All-District this season.
“I’m proud, and not only myself, but everyone who has been a part of Morgan’s softball career is proud of her and what she’s accomplished,” Clark said. “She’s the type of kid that when she sets her mind to something that’s what she works for every day. It’s just not athletics — it’s academically as well. She’s been a first-team All-State academic individual for the past three years, potentially going to be again this year, and she proves herself. She has a work ethic that is unbelievable.”
Rathmann sees no reason why she can’t step in and be a leader for the Lady Griffons next season, she says. Being a leader, both vocally and by example, is in her DNA. It comes natural to her.
“Hard work, hard work, hard work,” she said. “You have to be disciplined and dedicated. You can’t take a day off. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve put in all year-round. My coaches have inspired me, helped me and pushed me.
“I expect to step in (and lead). That’s just kind of how I am. Even my freshman year (at Neosho) I was the leader for the team. It’s not something that I plan to do, it’s just something that I’ll acquire.”