The value of a reliable bullpen is priceless for a head coach, and Clinton’s Morgan Sturgis has been the go-to-guy for Clinton.
His reliability has secured his chance to pitch in Mississippi’s Junior College ranks, a competitive league that has developed countless pitchers ready for the next level.
On Nov. 14, 2018, Morgan Sturgis signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Meridian Community College.
“I felt like Meridian is a great place to grow as a player,” Sturgis said. “There’s a history of getting better and getting to the next level at Meridian Community College.”
Sturgis has a career 2.61 ERA, striking out 15 batters his junior year, amounting a 2-0 record.
“Morgan plays a bunch of roles for us in our pitching rotation,” Clinton’s head coach Trave Hopkins said. “He’s the bridge guy who can get us to the final inning, and sometimes he’s the guy we need to come in and shut the door at the end of the game.”
Hopkins said Sturgis may even play a role as a starting pitcher around playoffs, anchoring game-three on the mound. “But he embraces the role of the guy who comes out of the bullpen,” Hopkins added. “That’s where he’s the most comfortable and where he does the most damage.”
“This game means a lot to Morgan,” Hopkins added. “He’s a great leader, the type of person that doesn’t talk much. But when he does, people listen.”
Morgan Sturgis is the son of Todd Sturgis and Lori Dodson and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.