All one has to do to get an idea of how important Micah Morgan was to the Spring Hill College baseball team during the 2022 season is glance at the National Division II leaders in the most offensive categories.
His name is seemingly everywhere.
The first baseman batted .446 with 82 runs scored, 82 hits, 24 doubles, 16 home runs, 77 RBI (single-season school record), .819 slugging percentage, .564 on-base percentage, 47 walks, and seven stolen bases in eight attempts.
The First-Team NCAA Division II All-American helped lead Spring Hill (38-15) to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament crown and a spot in the NCAA Division II regional in Tampa, Fla.
Oh, and the 6-foot, 1-inch product of Fairhope, Ala., did all that as a sophomore.
On Wednesday, Morgan was named the Small College Athlete of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.
It was just latest on a long list of accolades, including: first-team Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) All-Conference, MVP of the 2022 SIAC Championship Tournament, the D2CCA and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-South first teams, and the Spring Hill College Male Student-Athlete of the Year for 2021-22
As for those national rankings, he finished:
• Tied for second in doubles (24)
• Third in batting average (.446)
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• Fourth in on-base percentage (.560)
• Tied for fifth in runs scored (84)
• Tied for 11th in walks (47)
• 13th in slugging percentage (.819)
• 17th in total bases (158)
• Tied for 17th in hits (86)
It’s also notable that in many of the cumulative statistical categories he was up against numerous players who played in more games. For example, Morgan finished 13th in RBIs (77), but was eighth in RBIs per game (1.45).
Here are three other examples about what kind of player he was this past season:
• On March 16, Morgan hit two grand slams to help Spring Hill pull off a 14-12 victory over West Alabama.
• With a couple of injuries on the pitching staff he was used first in some relief appearances and then as a starter toward the end of the season. Although his ERA was 6.49, the southpaw went 3-1 while striking out 36 batters in 26.1 innings of work.
• He finished the season without having been credited with an error, a 1,000 fielding percentage.
The ASWA will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Sunday with its annual convention and awards banquet in Birmingham.
ASWA Small College Athlete of the Year
2020 Liam Welch
2019 Robert Shufford
2018 Nicole Federovitch
2017 Harry Satterwhite
2016 Jacob Tucker
2015 Jewel Ratliff
2014 Chloe Richards
2013 Deonica McCormick
2012 Jaime Smith
2011 Chloe Roberts
2011 Brett Munson
2009 Michael Johnson
2009 AJ Milwee
2007 Jacary Atkinson
2005 Laura Bellinger
2005 James Hall
2004 Vanessa Ferretti
2003 Will Hall
2002 Douglas Hargett
2001 Bobby Wilson
2000 Tony Capola
1999 Eric Campbell
1998 Sam Lee
1997 Ronda Price
1996 James Cason
1995 Roland McKinnon
1994 Ronald McKinnon
1993 Tyrone Rush
1992 Danny Lee
1991 Tim VanEgmond
1990 James Davis
1989 Barry Wagner
1988 Jeff Branson
1987 Mike Turk
1986 Stewart Lee
1985 Melvin Allen
1984 Darryl Smith
1983 Scott Whaley
Pro Athlete of the Year
Former Crimson Tide player Trevon Diggs was named the 2021 ASWA Pro Athlete of the Year on Monday.
Amateur Athlete of the Year
Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young was named the ASWA Amateur Athlete of the Year on Tuesday.
Community College of the Year
Winner will be announced Thursday.
All on Sunday evening:
• Tuscaloosa columnist Cecil Hurt and Huntsville columnist Mark MacCarter will be inducted into the ASWA Hall of Fame.
• Mobile media icon Vic Knight will be inducted into the ASWA Hall of Honors.
• Recognition of the state’s athletes of the year (pro, amateur, small college and community college), plus of the announcement of Mr. Baseball, Miss Softball and the Jimmy Smothers Courage Award winner.
• The organization’s other major honors, including the Presidents’ Award and the Bill Shelton Award (person of the year in the state and in the ASWA) will be revealed.