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The fight in Pima softball's Morgan Engelhardt

Posted at 7:39 PM, Apr 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 13:17:01-04
At 5-foot-3, she may be small but Morgan Engelhardt is mighty. 
"I've kind of done every sport there is," the 19-year old says.
 "The minute she got here she was competitive. It was evident after a couple of practices that this girl is an athlete," Pima head softball coach Armando Quiroz adds. 
Morgan wakes up around 5 A.M. and heads to weight training with her softball teammates.  But later in the morning, she trains again; this time for mixed martial arts at APEX gym. 
As a high school senior in Washington, Morgan was looking for ways to stay in shape.  She tried Crossfit and yoga, but found MMA was not only a challenging workout, but something that would grow into a passion. 
"They called me a gamer, as someone who would just come everyday and I just made it a habit," she says.
"She's got a lot of heart, she doesn't want to lose. She wants to be the winner. She gets punched and she keeps coming back for more," says her coach and training parter, Joel Champion.
While balancing academics and a college softball career, Engelhardt has started fighting across the state and hopes to become a professional MMA fighter in upcoming years.