By Ray Hamill — When it came to recruiting Arcata pitcher Asher Meadows, College of the Redwoods baseball head coach Brad Morgan had the best view of all.
The Tigers senior, who has verbally committed to join the Corsairs, got to show what he was made of at a local camp last summer, with Morgan filling in behind the plate at the time.
“I got to see him a little bit at the Baseball Factory camp,” the CR head coach said. “I was the catcher when he was throwing.”
And Morgan immediately liked what he saw.
“He can command the zone with his pitches. He throws multiple pitches for strikes,” the Corsairs coach said. “He’s a strike thrower and that’s going to be nice.”
With just about every player on this spring’s roster likely to return next year after receiving an extra year of eligibility, Morgan and his staff don’t have a lot of holes to fill, although they will be looking to improve on some areas.
“We’re just focusing on what we were weak at and trying to build on that,” Morgan said.
Meadows will give the local program some much-needed depth on the mound after stepping up his game last spring on the way to helping the Tigers win a North Coast Section championship.
The Arcata pitcher also enjoyed an impressive summer playing American Legion ball.
“He’s a good kid and he’s a competitor,” Morgan said “It will be nice to have him out there competing for us.”
Morgan also serves as an assistant coach with the Humboldt Crabs and is still hoping for some sort of a summer season for the iconic local club.
“It would be great to get out there even for a shortened season,” he said. “But we’ve got to see how it plays out.”
This year’s recruiting at CR has been hampered due to the ongoing lockdown, and in particular by not being able to see the local seniors in action.
“It’s hard to tell because we haven’t been able to watch them this year,” Morgan said.
Earlier this week, Hoopa senior Tommy Kelley also announced his intention to stay local and join the team.
One player who will be moving on from this year’s CR roster is Charles Morgan, who led the team at the plate with a .329 batting average and is expected to join a four-year program.