PNG’s Morse headed to Paris JC

Published 6:51 pm Friday, June 30, 2017

The year of Brandon Morse’s life just got sweeter.

He threw three complete games in six playoff appearances and earned state tournament MVP accolades in helping Port Neches-Groves win its first baseball championship.

Now, he’s accepting a scholarship to Paris Junior College.

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“They’re really the only one who gave me a real scholarship, so I couldn’t pass it up,” Morse said.

He announced his college choice on Twitter, choosing the Dragons over offers from Alvin Community College and LSU Eunice. Oddly enough, the standout right-hander — who went 9-2 with a 1.54 ERA — wasn’t fielding offers until after the season ended.

“I was going to try walking on somewhere, but if that didn’t work, I was just going to go take classes at Lamar,” Morse said, asked what he would have done without an offer. His brother Adam plays quarterback at Lamar.

Morse was named MVP after holding Grapevine to four hits and going the distance in a 4-2 win on June 10 to clinch the 5A title. He carried the Indians (34-8-2) into Round Rock after a four-strikeout, two-hit compete game against perennial power Brenham on May 31.

His other complete game was a 5A Region III quarterfinal series clincher against Barbers Hill on May 20.

Morse didn’t give up a run in his first 18 2/3 innings of the season, and he won his first six starts. Still, college coaches didn’t come calling until after the Indians won state.

“I figured if you throw strikes and a decent speed, [offers will] start coming in,” Morse said. “I just pretty much didn’t want to lose.”

Morse expects to receive the paperwork and letter of intent to sign sometime next week.

I.C. Murrell: 721-2435. Twitter: @ICMurrellPANews




About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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