CLINTON >> At a very early age, Morgan’s Cooper Thompson knew he wanted to be a college baseball player.
Thompson’s dream is becoming a reality.
Thompson signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. The ceremonial signing took place inside The Morgan School library on Wednesday morning.
“He’s the first Division I player since I’ve been here,” said Morgan coach John Litevich, who enters his 11th season this spring.
Sacred Heart competes in the Division I Northeast Conference. The Pioneers play their home games at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
“I wanted to go somewhere close to home,” Thompson said. “I’m playing at the highest level and that was my dream. That’s where I wanted to be. When I went on visits and saw the team practice I really liked the atmosphere. I’m so excited.”
Thompson, a 6-3 right-handed pitcher, helped lead the Huskies to the Class S finals in each of the past two seasons.
“We had two back-to-back runs and he was a huge part of it,” Litevich said. “We’ve really never had a fireballer here and with Coop we saw that he had velocity his freshman year. His sophomore year he contributed to the run as our closer…then last year again as a starter.”
Thompson throws a fastball in the mid-80s.
“We’re hoping to get his velocity up a little bit higher,” Litevich added. “We’re expecting big things out of him this year. He has the heart of a champion. He wants the ball all the time. He’s very confident in everything that he does.”
With Thompson and John Urban providing a formidable 1-2 pitching punch, the Huskies should be Shoreline and state contenders again in 2017.
“We just need our offense to come alive,” Thompson said. “I think we’ll definitely contend.”
Thompson’s family, friends, teachers and Huskies teammates attended Wednesday’s signing.
“It’s a great community here,” Litevich said. “Our baseball teams have always been very close. The kids love each other and work very hard. Coop is a perfect example of Morgan baseball. He works his tail off and never complains. Just give me the ball and I’ll go out and do what I’ve got to do. It’s been a pleasure having him.”