A lot of change is coming Carley Morfey’s way. Currently, she’s playing in the final games of her high school softball career with St. Mary’s. Next year, Morfey will be an incoming freshman at San Jose State.

And next spring, she’ll step onto a softball field without a pair of teammates for the first time in nearly a decade.

Morfey and her 11-6 record and 117 strikeouts in the circle, not to mention a .516 average in the batter’s box, has been a teammate of fellow seniors Kiana Parrish (.407) and Alex Preston (.396) since they were nine years old.

The Rams’ trio is trying to squeeze in a few more good memories before it’s all said and done, and Morfey has been leading the way. In Monday’s playoff opener, Morfey threw a complete-game shutout to send St. Mary’s to Wednesday’s matchup against Rodriguez.

The No. 6 Rams beat Rodriguez 9-8, and will play No. 2 Elk Grove on Saturday at Arnaiz Stadium.

“I’m just trying to hit my spots, and get hits,” Morfey said. “I’ve been trying to be there for my team the best I can.”

Monday night was the best game Rams first-year coach Curtis Miller has seen Morfey throw, he said, and that includes a no-hitter from earlier in the season. And to Miller, the effort is classic Morfey.

“She’s a team player. She wants everyone to do well,” Miller said. “You can’t ask for anything more than that.”

Miller said the the trio of Morfey, Parrish and Preston has been important down the stretch, especially with Preston returning to her spot behind the plate after sitting out with injury.

“It’s been great,” Miller said. “The chemistry is there, and they get along together. It relaxes everybody.”

Morfey said she likes the Rams’ chances in this postseason, and the goal is to find themselves at the end of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II bracket by this time next week.

Whether or not that happens, St. Mary’s season will end at some point. Morfey move on to San Jose State, Parrish to Cal State Fullerton and Preston to Fresno State.

For Morfey, there’s no two ways about it. It’s going to be weird.

“We’ve grown up together, and I’ve known them for more than half my life,” Morfey said. “It’s a pretty cool experience seeing how we’ve changed and stuff, and how we’re going our separate ways.

“It’s pretty surreal, and scary. It’s definitely going to be different.”