By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor
Morgan County’s middle infield tandem of Dominic Arienzo and Ethan Stamps signed baseball scholarships this past week. Second baseman Arienzo and shortshop/pitcher Stamps have been an integral part of the Bulldogs’ success over the past few seasons.
Arienzo will be attending Georgia College and State University while Stamps has signed with Lipscomb University. The duo will complete their final senior season for the Diamond Dogs this spring with high hopes of success. Arienzo said, “I think we will be good this year and will compete harder than any other team we face. My goals are to bat over .350, win the region, and make a run in the state tournament.” Stamps echoed those comments by saying, “I think we will be good and compete with everyone we play and play hard. I want to bat over .500, win the region, and go for a run to win the state championship.”
Stamps was asked why he chose Lipscomb. He told us, “I chose to sign because I like the coaches, they want to win, and the atmosphere is awesome. I also like the location.” He also said that he will pursue a degree in business to sell baseball equipment when his career is over. Another reason for his choice was the fact that the school has made some strong runs to the regional playoffs in recent years.
Arienzo chose GCSU due to its proximity to Madison and family. “When I went there I felt like I fit in really well and the coaches will give me a good opportunity to be the best I can be.” He plans on studying exercise science, a program that he says is “very good there.” According to Arienzo, the baseball program has led the NCAA in batting average and fielding percentage in recent years.
Both players brought attention to themselves with the Morgan County baseball squad with some outstanding play on the field. Arienzo was named to the second team All-Region squad as a junior. Stamps has been named region pitcher of the year and all-state first team while also besting the all-time RBI record at Morgan County High School.
Both players agreed that Hart County could be their toughest opponent in region competition with their returning youth.
Stamps was quick to thank God, his parents, his coaches, and personal trainer for his success to this point. Arienzo thanked all of his family, but most importantly, his Dad who taught him everything about the game and his Grandpa.
The excitement for this year’s team was obvious in their comments. “Everybody should come out to watch our team this year. It will be fun to watch,” said Stamps. Arienzo commented, “Come support us this ear. It will be one to remember for us.”