Ending his third year at Pierce College, baseball pitcher Elliot Morris was selected as Pierce College’s Male Athlete of the Year by Tacoma Athletic Commission.
“I got hurt and had to sit a whole year,” Morris said. “Coming back (from the injury) and getting this award showed all my hard work paid off. It means a lot.”
Morris came to Pierce College after graduating from Federal Way High School. He was unable to play his freshman year due to an elbow injury, which developed from overuse during the winter season. After red-shirting during this period, it left him free to play for the Raiders in the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
In 2012, Morris had a limit on his pitching count while he fully recovered from his elbow injury. He started eight games that season and pitched about 25 innings.
At the end of that season, he had recorded 30 strikeouts and possessed a 1.09 ERA. Morris pitched almost seven innings on one of the last games of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship tournament, which they won 5-2 against Mt. Hood Community College.
In this year’s season, Morris has started 11 games, three completed, and he maintains a 4-2 record. He has pitched 65 innings, with 94 recorded strikeouts, and his current ERA is 1.79.
“Every time you go out and pitch you learn something,” Morris said. “It’s all about learning from mistakes and trying to improve every time you go out there.”
Morris has raised the interest of Major League Baseball scouts due to his fastball abilities, which reach 94 miles per hour, and he’s predicted to be drafted into professional baseball during the first ten rounds of this year’s draft on June 6.
He signed a national letter of intent to attend division II Lewis and Clark State College next year if he’s not drafted. He decided on Lewis and Clark State College due to its coaching staff, his connections to a player currently at the university and its standing within the top ten baseball teams of Division II.
Morris said he’s sad to be leaving the Raiders, but he is looking forward to furthering his baseball career.
“I’m glad to be moving on, but there are a lot of memories here and time and energy put in with the guys and the coaching staff,” Morris said.
Morris is interested in majoring in sports management and entering a related profession such as coaching or team management.
“I really just want to be around sports,” Morris said. “Doing something around baseball would be my ideal career path.”
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