By Ray Hamill — To say it’s been a tough year on the injury front for Aidan Morris is a bit of an understatement, but that doesn’t mean it’s been a bad one.
In fact, the local baseball standout is, in his own words, living the dream as he prepares to take his game to the next level, recently accepting a full-ride scholarship to play at Bethel University in Tennessee.
“I’m stoked to be going to a new school and get a new opportunity,” said Morris, a former Eureka Logger who has played the past two seasons at Santa Rosa JC. “Hopefully I’ll be healthy by the fall, and I get to keep playing baseball, which is my dream.”
Morris is coming off an injury-plagued campaign with the Bear Cubs, one that was cut short because of the coronavirus.
He suffered multiple setbacks, including taking a pitch to the face that broke six bones.
He also suffered a torn labrum and a broken thumb, and is waiting to undergo surgery on his throwing shoulder and his thumb.
“Right now I’m just trying to get healthy and get my surgeries done,” he said.
Top team in the state
It hasn’t all been bad news for the 2017 Eureka graduate, however, and the pitch to his face did not require plastic surgery.
He was also enjoying a good season playing for the No. 1 community college team in the state despite the injuries, although he was limited to designated hitter duties.
The former Logger was batting .200 with two home runs and 16 RBIs in 16 games for the 18-2 Bear Cubs.
The plan now is to get healthy in time for fall ball, which unfortunately means no summer ball with the Humboldt Crabs this year after debuting with the team in 2019.
“I was really bummed about that,” Morris admitted. “But I’ve got to get healthy again.”
Playing for the Crabs was another thrill for the local product, who says he grew up dreaming of playing for the iconic local club.
“That was a lifelong dream come true, just getting to play for them,” he said. “And the same with the B52s. Luckily I had a chance to play with them also.”
Playing for those two local collegiate summer teams has helped prepare Morris for the next step up in his career, as has playing for a program as competitive as Santa Rosa.
“The coaches there are just awesome. They really know their swing mechanics and it’s a program that knows how to win,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of good players down there. We had three or four guys in our starting lineup going D-1. It was just a great experience playing there.”
The Communications major, who has a 3.7 GPA, will received a combined athletic and academic full scholarship to attend Bethel.
Bethel is an NAIA program.