Hearn makes wait worthwhile for Generals
July 10, 2017 at 10:06 p.m.
Updated July 11, 2017 at 6 a.m.
Victoria Generals head coach Michael Oros had mixed feelings about Sam Houston State's historic playoff run.
As an alumnus, Oros was happy to see the Bearkats advance to the NCAA Super Regional for the first time in school history.
But the playoff success meant Hunter Hearn would get a late start to his second season with the Generals.
"It was a good thing, especially being an alumnus," Oros said. "I really wanted them to do well. On the other hand, I was losing a key part of my team. It was the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other, and which one do you want."
Hearn had an outstanding sophomore year for the Bearkats, hitting .326 with two home runs, four triples, two doubles and 42 RBIs.
Hearn got even hotter in the post-season, hitting .444 in the Southland Conference tournament and being named to the all-tournament team.
He continued his torrid pace in the NCAA regional tournament in Lubbock, producing a .471 batting average.
He had a pair of four-hit games and a six-RBI performance and became the first player in Sam Houston history to hit two triples in multiple games before being selected to the all-tournament team.
"I've never done anything like that," Hearn said. "That team is, by far, the biggest thing I've ever been a part of or ever will be a part of because we still have a lot of guys returning."
Hearn attributes his successful sophomore season to the work ethic he developed growing up and playing baseball in Crosby.
He carried the same approach with him to Huntsville.
"Everybody on the team is just like I am," Hearn said. "They're blue collar workers. We come, and we work hard every day. We don't expect anything to be given to us. Nobody is entitled to anything. That's probably our biggest asset. We're all extremely close. There's no other secret to our success than how close we were on and off the field."
Hearn played a number of positions at Sam Houston and is doing the same for the Generals.
He's been in the infield, outfield and has served as the designated hitter.
He was named to the East squad in last week's Texas Collegiate League's All-Star Game in Bryan.
Hearn is hitting .319 and showed his value in Saturday night's 9-2 win over the Texas Marshals at Riverside Stadium.
He started at first base, drove in the Generals' first run with a single and added a sacrifice fly in the team's four-run sixth inning.
"He's a great player and an even better person," Oros said. "He'll give you his all. It's not summer ball to him. It's competition, it's a game. He's a competitive kid, and that's part of the reason we wanted him."
Hearn is thankful to be back with the Generals and has already started looking forward to his junior season at Sam Houston.
"I just want to keep having great at-bats, and I'd like to work on some of my personal game to help my team at Sam," he said. "I'm here to try and make myself better and my teammates at Sam better to get back and have a better season next year."