Meet undefeated Kale Morton: Glendora High School, since Dan Henley has been head baseball coach, has been a pitching haven.
The Tartans have featured a who’s who of the Valley’s best in recent years, from Brandon Villalobos, to Wes Roemer to Adam Plutko.
Kale Morton is Henley’s latest to carry on the tradition. And like the others, the senior has gone from a limited role to greatness, setting a school record by going 10-0 during the regular season.
Even Henley didn’t really see his latest ace coming, at least not at the rate he’s progressed to this season.
“I knew he was capable of pitching like this,” said Henley, who is likely to turn to his latest protege when the No. 4 seed Tartans host Rio Mesa in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs Thursday at 3:15 p.m. “He had been very consistent for us. I’d be lying if I said he would be (10-0), and this dominant. He’s been extremely dominant. I knew that he had a quality arm. He didn’t pitch a whole lot last year, but the innings he did pitch where key moments and at times, he was electrifying.”
Morton has gone from that limited role to arguably the best pitcher in the area. He’s been a key for the Tartans’ run to their third Baseline League title in four seasons after going 10-0 with two saves during the regular season. He also has a 1.72 ERA in 12 appearances.
West Covina advances: West Covina and St. Paul baseball teams had to win its last regular-season game last week just to qualify for the postseason.
It was back to win or go home on Wednesday.
West Covina will continue its season with a 6-1 victory over visiting St. Paul in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 wild-card game.
TODAY’S CIF-SS BASEBALL WILD CARD GAMES
West Covina 6, St. Paul 1
Rialto 6, Walnut 0
Cerritos Valley Christian 7, El Monte 2
Lompoc Cabrillo 9, Gladstone 0
St. Bernard 4, Azusa 0