Morsch catches Lincoln Land baseball offer

Bryan Veginski
Morton High School senior Jake Morsch, center of front row, signed Friday with Lincoln Land Community College, where he will play baseball for the Loggers. With Morsch in the main office were, in front, from left: his parents Paula and Matt Morsch; second row: sister Courtney Morsch, LLCC baseball head coach Ron Riggle and MHS baseball head coach Jesse Crawford.

Jake Morsch has his college destination determined ahead of his final high school baseball season.

The Morton High School senior signed Friday with Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, where he will catch for the National Junior College Athletic Association Division-II program.

LLCC head coach Ron Riggle and assistant coach Justin Knoedler, a former Major League Baseball catcher, and the facilities were draws for Morsch.

"It's nice to stop the search and just relax," he said.

Morsch viewed Springfield-based LLCC, which was 37-21 last spring, as the best opportunity to continue playing. Indications are he will have a chance to contribute early.

The renovation of the Loggers' baseball and softball fields was scheduled to be completed in November.

Playing college baseball was something Morsch aspired to do for a long time.

"I've been catching my whole life, pretty much," Morsch said.

He intends to work on all aspects of the position, including his stance and pop time.

Last season, Morsch hit .291 with 13 RBI, a team-high .430 on-base average and a .968 fielding percentage for Jesse Crawford-coached Morton, which had a 14-16 record.

Morsch, who cut down nine baserunners trying to steal, was a second-team all-Mid-Illini Conference catcher in 2013.

Morsch plans to target a major in the finance/business area.