LEWISTOWN - Former Indian Valley baseball star Morgan Barger is a talented ball player. Barger played baseball throughout his high school years, continued his career at Cecil Community College, which is located in North East, Md., and this spring will extend his career even further by accepting a scholarship to join the roster for the University of New Orleans.
New Orleans is a Division I school, so some might think the transition from community college to Division I competition will be a difficult challenge, but Barger doesn't seem to be worried.
"I'm hoping I go in there and get a starting spot," Barger said. "Hopefully get a winning season under our belts."
Barger originally got noticed by New Orleans with a little bit of help from his coach at Cecil College, Charlie O'Brien. O'Brien and New Orleans coach, Bruce Peddie, used to coach together. So when O'Brien saw that Barger had the potential to continue his play beyond his two years at Cecil College, he had Peddie come up to Maryland to watch Barger play. Peddie's scouting sessions turned out to be very fruitful.
"We ended up talking to him (Peddie) a couple of times," Barger said. "And he made me an offer I couldn't pass up to go play at The University of New Orleans."
The right fielder may be excited to begin playing at his new school, but that doesn't mean he hasn't kept busy over the summer. Barger has kept his skills sharp by competing in the Myrtle Beach Collegiate Summer Baseball League.
But, as summer wanes and the new scholastic year approaches, Barger finds himself excited to join the team down in New Orleans.
"I'm just looking forward to getting down there to start playing," said Barger, who will soon be lacing up his cleats as a Privateer.