Former JUCO MVP Back at Suplizio

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The 2018 JUCO World Series Most Valuable Player, Morgan McCullough, was back at Suplizio Field this week. This time, there was no championship to win, and the infielder was wearing different colors.

McCullough, once a national champion with the Chipola Indians in 2018, was back in Grand Junction to play a Minor League Baseball series with the Orem Owlz. The Owlz were in town to play two games, Thursday and Friday, against the Grand Junction Rockies.

“I didn’t how much I missed [Junction] until I came back,” McCullough said Friday. ” But JUCO is a special place, and this field is a special place for JUCO. So it’s definitely good to be back.”

McCullough led the Indians with a .591 batting average over seven games during the 2018 World Series, adding two home runs and 9 RBIs. He picked up a number of post-tournament awards for his individual performance, including Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the tournament, and Most Valuable Player. The Indians defeated Walters State 10-7 in the championship game to win back-to-back titles.

When I asked McCullough if he brought the nearly three-foot tall MVP trophy with his to Orem, Utah, the MILB rookie had a good excuse.

“I was trying to find a way to ship it,” McCullough said, laughing. “It’s kinda big…still working on that.”

The Rockies and Owlz split the mini-series at Suplizio, with Orem taking a 6-3 victory on Thursday and Grand Junction winning 7-0 on Friday. McCullough is batting .184 in 13 games with Orem.

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