Justin Morhardt helped lead the Bryan College Lions Baseball Team to an impressive 35-16 overall regular-season record and 17-10 mark in Appalachian Athletic Conference play this season, which proved good enough to earn their first-ever at-large bid to the NAIA National Tournament.
Despite the threat he offers the Lions from behind the plate at the catcher position, he played a major role in bringing national attention to Bryan because of his bat. In one of their most impressive hitting seasons in program history, the Lions had numerous individual and team records broken with Morhardt taking the top spot in many of the leaderboards. He sits atop the list of best batting average in a season after hitting .439 this year, and now holds the record for most hits in a season with 86. He accomplished the feat while only getting just under 200 at-bats. He ranks 3rd in doubles with 20, tied for 4th with 12 homers, drove in 51 runs for 9th, and was walked a whopping 47 times, which is the 2nd most in program history. His slugged .724 to claim the No. 4 spot on the list. He had the best batting average in conference this season, came in 4th in slugging percentage, 1st in hits and hits per game (1.48), 9th in RBI's, 1st in doubles, tied for 8th in hits that traveled over the fence, 5th in total bases, and 1st in on-base percentage (.551). Not only did he impress in the AAC, but he also ranked among the best in the country -- 12th in batting average, 15th in total hits, 30th in doubles and slugging percentage, 34th in total bases, and 36th in hits per game.
His efforts earned him the title of 2017 AAC Player of the Year and All-Conference First Team honors.