By Lucas Barlow
During his first year at Hutchinson Community College, Bobby Morgensen quickly became one of the best baseball players in the conference.
He helped the Blue Dragons get deep into the Region 6 Tournament, until they lost to Neosho County Community College in the semifinals.
He had a great season. But Morgensen did have one mistake that landed him his lasting nickname, “The Bus.”
“Last year, we had a road series at Seward and I accidently missed the bus early in the
morning,” Morgensen said. “I ended up having to drive and catch the bus. Fortunately, I was
allowed to get on. I did get a one-game suspension, but all was forgiven after that.”
As the school year comes to a close at HutchCC, so does the baseball season. But before that, the Blue Dragons have postseason play.
This year’s Blue Dragon squad is once again a top team in the conference as they currently sit third. They’ve also compiled a 32-17 overall record going to the weekend four-game series against Seward County.
With the Region 6 Tournament starting next week, Hutchinson will not only be playing for a
regional championship, but also for a chance to secure a spot in the NJCAA World Series.
With the addition of some solid freshmen this year, the Blue Dragons look dangerous heading into the competition, but experience is a big part of playing well in tournament games, and that’s where Morgensen comes in.
Morgensen grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, where he graduated from Creighton Prep High School in 2016. He committed to Hutchinson to play baseball because he loved the coaching staff, and Hobart-Detter Field was “just beautiful.”
After his outstanding first year, Morgensen was named Jayhawk West freshman of the year, along with All-Region 6 first team. This year is no different, as he is once again playing at a high level. Morgensen currently has the second most runs (56), second most home runs (9), third most RBIs (44) and third most hits (57) on the team. He leads all other sophomores in those categories.
With the most important part of the season on the near horizon, “The Bus” is tuned-up, locked in and ready to go.
“My only goals for the rest of the year are to win Region VI and to advance to NJCAA
World Series in Colorado,” Morgensen said.
If the Blue Dragons can accomplish this feat, it would be the third time in program history,
and the first since 2010.
The talented left fielder has also committed to Florida Atlantic University to further his baseball career. There he can continue to grow and improve himself as a player, because he has potential to be playing the sport he loves for a long time.