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CR baseball sends three players to sophomore showcase

By Ray Hamill — Three College of the Redwoods baseball players were invited to the annual Community College Sophomore Showcase at Cosumnes River in Sacramento this weekend, including a pair of former Eureka Loggers.

Cyle Watkins and Gannon Cyphers, both Eureka High grads, received the prestigious invite along with Charles Morgan.

According to CR head coach Brad Morgan, that’s the most he can remember the Corsairs ever sending to the annual event, where the players get to perform and showcase their skills in front of pro scouts and four-year recruiters.

“It’s a great way for these guys to be seen,” Morgan said.

Cyphers and Morgan are coming off big freshman campaigns at CR, while Watkins joins the team this year after red-shirting at Division-I Abilene Christian in Texas.

Watkins, who has battled injuries since graduating from Eureka in 2016, is a nice addition to this year’s team.

“I coached him before, and we’ve been in touch, and now he’s finally ready to play and healthy again,” Morgan said of the D-I transfer. 

Last spring Morgan batted .292, third best on the team, with Cyphers hitting .291 with 11 RBIs, four doubles and a team second-best 117 at-bats.

“We have a younger team, but we do have some key sophomores,” Morgan said of this year’s squad which scrimmaged earlier this week and numbers around 30.

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