Summer baseball reminds players why they first began playing the sport.
“You kind of relive when you were just a kid and your coach told you you’re playing this spot today and make it happen,” says Desert Christian Academy graduate Morgan Earman.
“You get to go out there and compete and have a good time every night and playing here (in Palm Springs), you have a good local crowd behind you and it’s almost like reliving the glory days.”
Earman will be among a host of hometown talent as the Palm Springs Power hunts for its sixth consecutive Southern California Collegiate Baseball League title. The 2016 summer season marks the second time Earman has suited up in red-and-white. In 2014, the right-hander proved a pivotal piece of the Power’s 41-8 season, logging a 4-1 mark with a 1.60 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 13 appearances.
VIDEO: Morgan Earman shares his quick rise to pitching prowess.
Just a year earlier, Earman led Desert Christian Academy (Bermuda Dunes) to a CIF Division 6 crown with an eye-popping 12-1 mark and barely-visible 0.27 ERA. After opting not to sign an ensuing pro contract offer from the New York Mets – who selected him in the 21st round of that year’s first-year player draft – Earman set sights on an alternate desert, playing Division One ball for the University of Arizona.
He has since transferred to California Baptist University in Riverside, and the 6-foot-3 junior hopes to fine-tune his 94 mph fastball for the hometown team.
“It’s fun being the local kid,” Earman says. “People ask when you are pitching, and it’s nice to have that interest and very humbling.”
The Power, off to a 4-1 start, have a full slate of games this weekend. There are special promotions just about every night, including $1 beer Tuesdays, Family Appreciation Wednesday with $1 admission, and Kids’ Day on Saturdays with $2 admission for children 12 & under.
Visit www.palmspringspowerbaseball.com for more information on Power baseball promotions, tickets, scheduling and community events.