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Crosby alum Hearn reaches milestone

April 7, 2019

After a record setting career at Crosby, Hunter Hearn has continued to reach statistical milestones at Sam Houston State University.

In the bottom of the first inning of a home game against McNeese State on March 31, the senior infielder ripped a double to left-center. It was his 200th career hit with the Sam Houston State Bearkats.

“I had no idea I was approaching it, but it was really cool when they put it on the board in the stadium,” he said. “It is certainly something I am proud of because it puts me in really good company with some of the great players who have played at Sam Houston before me.”

Hearn became the 45th active NCAA Division I baseball players to have 200 career hits.

He added a single later in that game and added two more hits in the next game two days later.

As of Sam Houston State’s game against Rice on April 2, Hearn’s 203 career hits put him tied for 40th among active Division I baseball players and put him 19 hits shy of Ryan Mooney’s 222 hits for 10th in school history. Colt Atwood is the Bearkats’ career hits leader with 294.

Sam Houston State has 27 games left in the regular season, plus the Southland Conference tournament and possibly the NCAA tournament.

However, Hearn remembers his first collegiate hit.

“It was my freshman year, and I got jammed and just hit a little dinker to the right side,” he recalled. “There wasn’t much to it, but it was my first and what got me going.”

The hit that stands out the most to him is his two-run single against Florida State in the 2017 Super Regional, when he was a sophomore.

Crosby standout

Crosby set a school record for wins in Hearn’s senior season and advanced to a then-school record Regional Semifinals.

Hearn still holds several baseball records at Crosby.

Hearn was named the District Newcomer of the year his freshman year. He was named a first team All-District player his sophomore, junior, and senior year and was named a second team 5A All-State catcher his senior year.

“Seeing Hunter play at the next level is exciting in itself. We love when our guys get to the next level, let alone have success,” Crosby baseball coach Chris Wiggins said. “Him reaching the 200-hit mark is a great accomplishment, but the leadership, the example he sets and person he is in that locker room is what we are most proud of when we talk about Hunter.”

Hearn also played outside linebacker for the Crosby Cougar football team. He said going to the state semifinals in football his senior year is one of his happiest memories from his time at Crosby.

Community support

People from Crosby come out to watch Hearn whenever Sam Houston State has a game in the Houston Area and sometimes even make the approximately 90-mile drive to Huntsville to watch him play home games.

“The Crosby community means everything to me,” he said. “To have a community who is willing to go to that length to support you means a lot.”

“Nobody outworks Hunter. Nobody has more passion for the game, and nobody will ever be able to take away the memories he has made here in Crosby or at Sam Houston,” Wiggins said. “We are proud of him and cherish the fact that we are part of those memories.”

elliott.lapin@hearst.com