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Winning Warhawks
After solid first year back on campus, Calhoun keeps good times rolling with fast start to 2007 season

By Paul Stackhouse
sports@decaturdaily.com · 340-2460

Calhoun Community College baseball coach Jim Morrill has many goals in mind for his Warhawks to fulfill this season. One in particular, Morrill wants everybody in the nation and beyond to know about his Warhawks and the Calhoun athletics program.

So far, Calhoun has made progress toward that goal. The Warhawks are 18-1 after posting a 42-17 record last season in the program’s first season back on campus.

Calhoun dropped athletics May 4, 2001, but brought back baseball and softball in the summer of 2005.

But Morrill’s team made headway last year by finishing third in the Alabama Community College Conference’s Northern Division behind first-place Northwest-Shoals and second-place Wallace State-Hanceville and placing five players on the all-ACCC team.

“A lot of people didn’t think we would accomplish much in that season,” Morrill said. “They didn’t expect much out of us. But we played hard. We were scrappy, and we overachieved, according to many people.

“A lot of the other teams were more talented than we were, but that didn’t matter to our guys — we took them all on. We lost a 1-0, extra-inning game to Northwest that could have changed a lot of things around. We knew we could compete, and we used this being our first year as a motivation tool.”

This year, Calhoun still is rolling.

“We’re getting the pitching and defense we need to keep going in the right direction,” Morrill said. “We are swinging the bats better. I believe the cold weather has had something to do with our lack of good hitting. It’s coming around now like I hoped it would.

“I want our team and coaches to work as hard as we can to make this a great season. I don’t have a doubt in my mind that we can win state this season and go to the (NJCAA) World Series.”

Morrill was head baseball coach at Jefferson-Davis Community College in Brewton for three years before seeking and accepting the Calhoun position.

Morrill played first base at Furman for four years and played professionally in the Texas-Louisiana and Frontier League.

From playing in the Frontier League, he coached at Winthrop one year, Louisiana-Monroe two years, Appalachian State one year, Erskine in South Carolina two years before landing at Jefferson-Davis for three years.

In his last season at Jefferson-Davis, his team pounded out 41 victories and won the ACCC Southern Division.

To anyone who follows the program, it appears that Morrill has found a home at the helm of the Warhawks. He believes that the coaches and players can build a stellar program that will have athletes from all across the nation wanting to know more about the Calhoun Warhawks.

The ingredients are in place for Morrill’s baseball dreams to come true.

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