Hunter Hiett didn’t have to look far to continue his baseball playing career after high school. Despite not being able to show his talents this spring for the Cape Central Tigers, Hiett will play for Southeast Missouri State University after graduation.
Hiett hit .333 with 12 RBI for the Tigers last spring. He has been a three-time all-conference and all-district selection as a mainstay on the CHS team since his freshman year. He was also selected to play in the Missouri Futures game last year.
Hiett had an opportunity recently to talk with Ameritime Sports about his outlook on the game.
Q: Why SEMO? Why did you end up choosing to further your athletic career there?
Hiett: “I choose SEMO because they’re practically in my back yard. I have grown up watching them as a kid, going to games and just being at Capaha Field.”
Q: What other schools did you consider?
Hiett: “I was committed to Morehead State in Kentucky until they had an entire coaching staff change. SEMO offered me a scholarship I couldn’t turn down.”
Q: How did you get your start in baseball? Was it always a dream of yours to play college ball, and when did you think it was a realistic possibility?
Hiett: “Ever since I was born, I had been throwing balls around the house, and swinging Fisher Price bats in the back yard. I knew playing D1 baseball would be a dream of mine ever since my parents told me I had the skills to do it.”
Q: Did you play other sports? Why was baseball the sport you decided to devote your time to?
Hiett: “I played soccer for years, and football my first two years in high school. They just were not my number one. I loved to score goals and tackle people, but it was nothing to squaring up a baseball to me.”
Q: Who have been your biggest influences in the game, either directly or indirectly?
Hiett: “I would definitely have to say my dad is the biggest influencer of mine. He has spent countless hours throwing, teaching, and pushing me to be where I’m at right now, and he’s still not done.”
Q: What is the one memory from your CHS career that stands out the most for you?
Hiett: “Being a freshman on the varsity baseball team is one thing to write home about, but leading the team in every scoring column as a freshman is something to be proud of.”
Q: When baseball is over, what do you think we’ll see Hunter Hiett doing with his life?
Hiett: “I tend to think that baseball will never be over for me, whether I’m playing or not. But if I’m not playing, I would love to find some of my old high school buddies and put together a youth baseball team and travel. Just to give back to young kids that want to play.”
Q: Finally, for all those little ones who have dreams to do what you’re doing, what’s the best advice that you could give them?
Hiett: “When you get to the age of recruitment for college, you have to trust the process and don’t beat yourself up if you’re not getting any looks. If you truly love the game, you will find a way to better yourself and your skills to open the eyes of someone who can hopefully make your dreams come true of playing at the next level. There are no days off.”
Photos Courtesy of Hunter Hiett