Belding’s Hill to play for KVCC

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:12 am on Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Belding’s Morgan Hill gets ready defensively during a game last year. Hill signed last week to play college softball at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

BELDING — Another of Belding’s softball players will be playing softball in college.

First baseman Morgan Hill signed a letter of intent to play softball for Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) on Friday.

“I went and visited the school and they had a lot of stuff to offer me,” Hill said. “The coach was pretty nice and everything was very simple.”

That coach is Michael Clark, who coached the 2011 Cougars to a tie for the Michigan Community College Athletic Association title with Muskegon Community College. The Cougars were 37-7 last year, including a 15-1 record at home.

“I know they’ve had a couple of really good years,” Hill said. “With the addition of a couple girls I have a feeling they are going to be pretty good.”

Hill wants to play softball for longer than the two years she will be at KVCC.

“I know we have quite a few girls coming in there,” Hill said. “I hope we have a successful season and then transfer out and go to a four-year if everything goes well.”

Her coach at Belding, Mikayla Linebaugh, thinks Hill will do good there based on how she’s done with the Redskins.

“I think she’s done a great job. She’s been a great contributor,” Linebaugh said. “I think she’ll do well at KVCC.”

Linebaugh isn’t sure what KVCC is about. But she’s sure Hill will fit in.

“I don’t know a lot about their program,” Linebaugh said. “I think she’s got potential to be a starter out there. At a community college level I can see her being successful there.”

But first, there is the matter of Hill’s senior season with Belding.

“We’ve been really successful the past few years, and we hope to remain successful and go for a state championship,” Hill said of the 2012 Redskins. “We’ve come really close the past few years.”

Belding lost in the regional semifinals last season, but went to the Division 2 quarterfinals in 2010.

“I think I’ve done pretty well so far and I always have my team to have my back,” Hill said. “I have a lot of faith in them.”

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