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Panther pitcher inks professional contract

MIDDLEBURY — Recently graduated Middlebury College baseball pitching ace Colby Morris has signed a professional baseball contract to play with the Trois-Rivières Aigles in Quebec, Canada, a member of the Canadian-American League, an independent professional baseball league.
The Can-Am League has a long history in minor league baseball. The first Can-Am League was formed in 1936 with cities in upper New York state and Ontario and existed until 1951. The Can-Am was reformed in 2005 with many of the teams from the former Northeast League and now features three teams in the Northeastern U.S. and three in Canada. The rosters are typically comprised of former Major League Baseball players as well as rookies.
Morris was a First-Team All-NESCAC selection in 2018, when he was also named the NESCAC Pitcher of the Year as well as a d3baseball.com All-New England Region third-team honoree. 
As a senior he went 5-3 with a 3.25 ERA while setting a single-season Middlebury record with 72 innings as he earned Second-Team All-NESCAC honors in 2019. Morris’s 56 strikeouts this spring were the third-most in school history.
Morris ended his career as a Panther as the school’s all-time leaders in wins (18), games started (39), innings pitched (256) and appearances (49). He ranked second in strikeouts with 174 and was tied for fourth with 14 complete games.
During the summer of 2018, Morris played for the Green Bay Bullfrogs in the Northwoods League, finishing with a 2.57 earned run average and 21 strikeouts in 28 innings. Later this past summer, he pitched for the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod League.

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