Osborn’s Bounce-Back Season Big For Eureka

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A rainy day and indoor practice?

A boring after for most players but a reason for joy for Morgan Osborne.

“Over the last three weeks I’ve been so excited to some to practice,” Osborn said. “Some people say, yuk practice. But I get so excited.”

It wasn’t always that way.

About a year and a half ago, things weren’t so rosy for Osborn. She was struggling with her grades and she admits she was in an unhealthy relationship that required a trip to court.

And she was disinterested in the sport she grew up up loving — softball. Then softball came to the rescue.”

“Softball for me a year and half ago, wasn’t my happy place,” Osborn said. “I was at a stale moment of my life.”

But Osborn says her softball teammates rallied around her, encouraging her daily to get her through a rainy season in her life.

“A lot of us have gone thorugh a lot of stuff,” said junior Morgan Ledbetter. “(Softball) is something that brings us together.”

It’s paid off. She ended the realtionship, grouped in the classroom and helped lead Eureka to a league championship.

“Being welcomed at practice with a group hug, knowing they have always had my back, telling me that no matter what they will always be there,” Osborn said of her teammates. “That’s what a team is. This place is more than a team, it’s a family. I love that. I’ve just rarlly found home in Eureka and I love it here.”

Eureka clinched its first St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title Sunday with a sweep of Spalding and enters this weekend’s conference tournament as the top seed.

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