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Harleton's Jones to play baseball at Sterling College

By Nathan Hague
April 28, 2017 at 11:25 p.m.

Hunter Jones has been playing baseball since he was about 3 years old, and the Harleton senior made it official that he's going to continue doing just that at the next level.

Friday he signed with his letter of commitment to Sterling College.

"I remember playing with my older brother whenever he and my sister both played on a t-ball team and they were missing a kid and I was a little kid and I got to play for them," Jones recalls of his early days.

"I remember I was sitting in the outfield picking flowers."

Now, about 15 years later, he inked a deal to attend the private school in Sterling, Kansas.

"It just felt like home," Jones said. "It was a great fit. It's a great Christian college and it's a pretty good program too. I got the offer in mid-March probably but I was thinking on it and I waited until last week to commit with them."

Jones added he expects to be a relief pitcher.

"I did that sophomore year and some of last year so I'm perfectly fine with it," he added.

He finished his senior year with a record of 5-3 from the mound. He pitched 45 innings where he allowed only 20 hits, 12 earned runs, and struck out 15 batters with an ERA of 1.98. His Wildcats finished the year with an overall record of 15-11.

"He's been a workhorse," Harleton head baseball coach D.J. Beck said. "He's absolutely been a true leader for us and most importantly, he's a great kid. He's worked so hard to get to where he is. I couldn't be more proud of him."

Beck said he thinks Sterling will be a good fit for Jones.

"When he first started, the only one we'd get for a strike was his fastball then we developed a curveball with him and just this year he started throwing that changeup late in the season," Beck said.

"It's a pretty good pitch for him. I think he's going to do well. He's developed three pitches and if he can throw those for strikes, he'll definitely be successful."

Jones will join an NAIA program that went 34-15 overall and 16-9 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. While there, he plans to major in business accounting.



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