Braxton Morton recently wrapped up an outstanding sophomore season for the Goldsboro baseball team.
The sophomore, and the Cougars’ ace, went 4-1 on the mound.
Morton, who also plays football, said he enjoys being a multi-sport athlete.
“I like baseball and football equally, and I enjoy being a part of both teams,” Morton said.
He started playing baseball around five years old, and he always wanted to play in high school. And he was also inspired by watching his older brother, Brody Morton, play high school sports.
Stepping into the No. 1 pitcher’s spot was a little daunting to Morton, but he worked hard and got better as the season went on.
Despite some of the ups and downs that came with playing in such an unpredictable season, Morton said he immensely enjoyed playing baseball this season and that his teammates helped him out a lot.
“This season has been really fun,” Morton said. “I had a good defense behind me, so it made my job easier on the mound.
“All I had to do was throw strikes and trust the guys that were in the field.”
One of the more impressive things about Morton is that he did not really start pitching until he was 12 years old. Unfortunately, he lost most of his freshman season to the COVID-19 pandemic, so he did not become a pitcher full-time until this season.
However, his coaches and teammates always believed in him, which helped him thrive on the mound this season.
“Everybody has a lot of trust in me, and that feeling is mutual toward all of them,” Morton said. “I couldn’t do what I do without them behind me.
“The coaching has really helped me step up my game.”
Inspired by the seniors that were on the team this season, Morton is looking forward to his junior season and improving on and off the field.