Senior first baseman for the Durant Lions Alex Brooks signed his letter of intent to play baseball with Morthland Patriots on Monday afternoon.
Through March this spring Brooks was hitting .488 at the plate while leading the squad in all offensive categories. Brooks has been a three-year starter under head coach Ron Norman.
Brooks just won’t be trading in a Lions jersey for Patriots jersey, he has a new team and coach to get used to.
“It’s going to be weird. I’ve been with coach so long, it’s going to be different. But once I get up there, I’ll get use to it,” said Brooks.
The baseball program is relatively new, as the Patriots are coming off their first full season of baseball and are currently boasting a 15-7 record.
“They just started and it looks like they got a pretty good start. The team seems to be a bunch of good guys, I like the coach and the program,” said Brooks. “I can’t wait to get started.”
On the Lions’ state semifinal team, as a sophomore, he batted .231 with five doubles and 15 RBIs and then increased those numbers to a .347 average with five doubles, a home run and 21 RBI as a junior year. He also batted .379 with 13 doubles, three triples, two homers and 40 runs batted in during the Lions’ 72-game summer campaign.
Coach Norman will greatly miss Brooks.
“Alex has done an outstanding job for us and been a leader throughout his years here,” said Norman. “He started as a sophomore and played on the team that was in the state semi-finals. When you take a guy who is a three year started out of the line up, hitting in the seventh hole as a sophomore and hitting in the three and fourth hole as junior and senior your really gonna miss that. You replace it.”
“I remember when he had a real quality at-bat in the Regional Tournament that helped us get into the State Tournament, that will always be something special for him,” said Norman. “We wish him the luck it takes to be a good teammate at the college he is going to attend. He will be just fine, because he will work hard.”
While it’s a big loss for the Lions, it’s a big gain for the Patriots as head coach Dennis Bastien explains.
“We are excited about having Alex Brooks join the Morthland family,” Bastien said. “We expect him to step in immediately as a starter on the junior varsity and be ready to fill in for the varsity as needed. Alex will be given every opportunity to become a starter on the varsity his first year as well.”
“The character of this young man is off the chart and I am proud to have him on board. We expect him to arrive in August, bigger, stronger, and faster than he is today and know with his talent and our system. We think Alex will be very successful at Morthland College,” said Bastien.
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