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Whittell ace Morgan to pitch for San Diego Christian College

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Steve Yingling / Tribune sports editorJordan Morgan, who led Whittell High School to the Nevada 2A state championship, is going to pitch next at San Diego Christian College.

One visit to San Diego Christian College in El Cajon convinced Jordan Morgan where to take the next step in his baseball and academic careers.

Morgan, who pitched the state tournament-clinching win for Whittell High School last spring, said that San Diego Christian’s coaching staff and players swayed him.

“When I went down there I met a whole bunch of their players, and they were super nice to me,” Morgan said. “And the coach, I really love him. He is awesome, and we clicked together.

“That was a dream of mine to play college baseball, and now it’s happening.”

Morgan posted a 10-1 record and 2.63 earned run average and earned all-state and all-league honors for the Warriors. His biggest win, however, was his complete-game effort against Battle Mountain in the championship game, throwing nearly 100 pitches a day after a clutch four-inning relief appearance.

Hawks’ manager Chris Bando was pleased to add Morgan to his roster.

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“I was pleasantly surprised to pick him up when we did,” said Bando, whose home run won the 1974 College World Series for Arizona State and who later played for the Cleveland Indians. “I think he has a very high ceiling in projecting him down the line. We’re extremely excited to have him on board.”

Morgan signed his letter of intent four weeks ago after the visit, which included throwing a bullpen session for Bando.

“I love his 6-5 frame. I love his mechanics,” Bando said. “He throws on a downhill plane, and he’ll grow into a power pitcher at the college level.”

Bando said Morgan’s heater topped out at 85 mph during the workout, and he believes the Whittell graduate’s fastball will get even better.

“As a freshman, his body will get stronger and he will get stronger and by his junior and senior years he’ll be throwing in the low 90s,” said Bando, who was also impressed with Morgan’s breaking pitches and command.

Morgan thought his athletic career was over during his sophomore year at Whittell. The former three-sport athlete underwent two knee surgeries in a two-year span from football and basketball-related injuries. After the second knee injury, Morgan decided to focus on baseball, helping he Warriors make the Nevada 2A state finals as a junior and claiming the state championship trophy as a senior.

“It was worth waiting to play just baseball this year instead of risking myself in football or basketball,” Morgan said.

The Hawks field varsity and junior varsity teams. Morgan is determined to make San Diego Christian’s top team after spending his entire high school career on varsity teams.

“I still have to prove myself in fall ball and beat out some pitchers. I don’t really want to get stuck on JV,” Morgan said.

“It doesn’t matter if you are a freshman or senior, if Jordan comes in and shows composure and locates his stuff, he’ll get plenty of opportunity at the varsity level,” Bando said.