Athletes are the architects of their craft. For Cherokee Trail shortstop Michael Morris, his tool is a baseball bat--both on and off the field.
"For me, baseball is really my life," Morris said. "I like to think that that's my identity and who I am."
For the past four years, CT and the surrounding schools were some of the only places that Morris would find a diamond.
But this semester, the senior traded his ball cap for a hard hat.
For a project in his design tech class at school, Morris built a unique baseball themed cabinet by himself--with a little help from his dad.
"I made it in the shape of a home plate that you can fit in the corner of the room," Morris said. "It's a unique piece of furniture that you don't see every day."
Morris is a perfectionist both in the dirt on a baseball field and in the workshop. With this cabinet in particular, it's the details that really catch the eye.
"On the back corners, I engraved the logos of the National League on one side and the American League on the other," Morris said. "Even the drawers are in the shape of a home plate."
For the star shortstop, it's projects like these that allow him to stay connected to baseball. The sport dominates his life, except for the brief period that it didn't.
During a game two years ago, intense stomach pain caused Morris to leave the field and rush straight to the hospital. There, he had emergency surgery to see if his intestines were twisted.
Doctors never figured out what caused the pain, but an infection from the operation caused him to lose 30 pounds and spend weeks in the hospital.
"It was really hard for me because I wasn't independent anymore," Morris said. "I couldn't do anything on my own. I couldn't feed myself or anything."
It took nearly two years for Morris to feel like he was back to his old self. But now, he can seemingly do everything.
He's part athlete, part inventor, fully healthy and fully invested in the sport he loves.
"I keep baseball in my life with stuff like this," Morris said. "Baseball means the world to me. It's everything I love."
Piece by piece, the sport is starting to take a new shape in his life.