Shortstop Jeffrey Morgan is a four-year starter for the Patuxent baseball team and is off to a hot start this season, batting .556 with four triples and 10 RBI for the undefeated Panthers. But Morgan, who also is part of a pitching staff that is off to a strong a start as any team’s in the area, has yet to get many looks from college recruiters.
“He’s not getting looked at by college like I think he should,” Coach Keith Powell said. “He’s bit a big kid, probably 5 [feet] 10, 160 [pounds], but he runs well, has power, has an excellent arm and plays defense. He plays shortstop, but I can see him playing anywhere in college.”
If Patuxent keeps up its winning ways, perhaps a few more folks might take notice of Morgan, who bats third in the lineup. After Monday’s 5-0 victory over Northern, Patuxent is 7-0, 6-0 in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference.
Most impressively, the Panthers have shut out five opponents and allowed a total of just four runs in their two other games.
Junior Cody Robertson, a 6-foot-3 lefthander who was second-team all-SMAC last season, leads the staff and threw a five-hitter Monday, but Powell thinks he has seven capable pitchers, including brothers Danny and Gabe Castro. In all, Patuxent’s pitchers have struck out 43 batters and walked just 10.
“We’re off to a good start, obviously – we’re playing good defense and we brought back a lot of pitchers,” Powell said. “I can’t say I’m shocked. I’m amazed we’ve only given up four [runs], but we have a good staff.”
Offensively, catcher Brian Portillo is batting .375 in the cleanup spot and leadoff batter Darius Jones is batting .350 and has scored eight runs. Powell said that No. 9 batter Dakota Edwards, in his first season as a full-time starter, has been a pleasant surprise while batting .455.
“We’re playing well, but we’re only a third of a way into the season,” Powell said. “We hope to be in contention at the end.”