PCA pair signs with SheltonPublished 4:29pm Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Two Prattville Christian Academy softball players signed with Shelton State Community College Monday.
Pitcher Morgan Burbage and first-baseman Maegan Stanfield, the first PCA softball players to sign scholarships in program history, will suit up for the Lady Buccaneers in Tuscaloosa next season. For both, the relationship they formed with Shelton head coach Buddy Boyle convinced them over other schools.
“It’s a great environment, great coach,” Stanfield said. “The team was like a family when I went up there. We didn’t see very much animosity, it was just great chemistry. It definitely drew us in. I was talking to several different schools, but finding Shelton I knew that was the right one for me.”
“Honestly, the first time I went to a showcase there, I just fell in love with it,” said Burbage, who also had offers from Faulkner University, Southern Union Community College and Central Alabama Community College. And coach (Boyle), we just warmed up real quick. I honestly knew from then that I wanted to play no matter what other offers I got. Pretty much from day one, I knew that’s where I wanted to go.”
PCA head softball coach Randy Stough said his only two seniors on this upcoming season’s squad will not have any issues transitioning to the college game.
“They lead my workouts, their one of the first ones on the field for practice and eager to get there,” Stough said. “I don’t have a bit of trouble with them, so I feel like they’ll transition very well. I know Coach Boyle runs a pretty tough program and I think they’ll be able to fit in well in his program.”
Stanfield and Burbage credit Stough with helping them improve their game where it warranted the opportunity to make history at PCA.
“He’s definitely made an impact in my hitting and he’s made me a stronger athlete,” Stanfield said. “But also mentally, he’s made me so much stronger, and I’m able to drive through things that I would’ve given up on.”
Burbage hopes the leadership role she’ll have with this year’s Lady Panthers will carry over to the Lady Buccaneers.
“I just hope I can come on to the team and become a leader instantly,” she said. “Wherever they need me, whether it’s on the bench cheering on whoever’s playing ahead of me, or whether I’m on the field to start off with just play my role wherever it is because everybody has to play their role in order for a team to be successful.”
The two lifelong friends said it’s special to continue to be teammates at the collegiate level and see their dreams come to fruition.
“Just knowing that we’re starting something in this school that hasn’t happen before in going on to the next level, which has been our dream since we were little,” Stanfield said.