Morgan Doty may live in Victoria - but she is Western Australian through and through and she is our next player Emeralds player profile.
How long have you been playing baseball?
I've been playing baseball for 12 years, since I was 13.
What/how/who/why got you interested in playing baseball?
I've grown up around baseball watching my Dad play. I started tee-ball when I was 6 and played til I was 12 and then moved onto baseball with my brother. A lot of people said I should go play softball as there are more opportunities for girls, but I wanted to play baseball at South Perth- the club my dad had always played for, playing the sport I had grown up watching.
What clubs have you played for and how important have they been in your development?
Canning Cougars Tee-Ball Club - This was where I first started playing and developed a love for the game.
South Perth Baseball Club - I've spent the most of my time at Souths, playing all through juniors, into seniors playing in the men's league and women's when we had a team for a couple of years. Souths have been so important in my early development, I was lucky enough to be exposed to a lot of good coaching there over the years.
Melville Braves Baseball Club & Swan Districts Baseball Club- I played at both of these clubs for a short while when I wanted to play in the women's league but South Perth didn't have a team. Playing at Melville was one of the funnest seasons I've had as I got to play with some of my best friends every week.
Footscray Bulldogs Baseball Club (summer) & Melbourne Uni Baseball Club (winter)- These are my current two clubs I play for now living in Melbourne. Both clubs have been so welcoming and supportive of me and have made my transition from WA to VIC a lot easier. I am able to play women's and men's all year round and I owe a lot of my recent development to both these clubs thanks to the dedication and time these people give back to the club and their players.
How do you think the women's state programme has evolved during your years of involvement?
I have been involved in the WA women's program since 2010. During that time the program has gone through waves of being up and down, players coming and going and coming back. We went from winning a gold medal in 2012 to not having enough players to field a team in 2015. During this time we have also had the junior girls program develop from the ground up. Some of these girls have moved up and are now in the open side and there is a lot of young talent and depth coming through the program which is great to see. This year was the first year in a while that WA have had both a Junior and senior team at Nationals and hopefully this is the case for all the years to come.
What are some of your best memories from baseball?
Winning a gold medal at nationals in 2010 & 2012, and my debut in the green & gold at the 2016 Women's World Cup in Korea. And of course getting to do all this with some of my best friends.
Biggest game day superstition?
I'm not superstitious
Who is the best player you have played with and against and why?
Christina Kreppold. I got the chance to play with Krepp on numerous state teams, against her at club ball and then with her when I played at Melville Braves. She has always been a player I look up to and will always be one of the very best.
Who has been the most influential person on your baseball career to date?
Not to be cliche - but Mum & Dad. I couldn't be where I am today without all their love and support.
What does it mean to you to pull on the Green and Gold and represent your country?
It's been a dream for a long time, since I was a little kid I just wanted to go to the Olympics and compete for Australia- at that stage I didn't care what sport, I just knew I wanted to wear the green & gold. Fast forward to today and the women's baseball world cup is our Olympics! It doesn't matter when or where I get the chance to wear this jersey, every time it is an honour. Its important to pause for a moment to take it all in, because the feeling is indescribable.
What are your hopes for the World Cup? Can we win the Gold?
Yeah we can!! We have the all the tools and the skills to do it. Our coaching staff believe we can do it and hopefully the rest of the girls do too. What it really comes down to is if we execute and perform, switched on and get after it right from the first pitch. If we can come together as a squad and really buy into the Emeralds TEAM, the magic should happen.
Give us one fun baseball incident/fact/story about yourself?
My favourite moment would still have to be when I hit the walk off double to win WA's first ever gold medal at nationals 2010 on the Gold Coast.