Anthony Odoardi, Livingston Daily
Four months ago, Hunter Deering could only dream of playing baseball in college.
In fact, he didn’t even dream about it. Despite his size (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) and ability on the mound to fire a fastball in the low 80-mph range, Deering, a Charyl Stockwell Prepatory Academy pitcher, said he never considered a future in the sport beyond high school.
“I had never thought about playing baseball in college,” Deering said Monday. “Until four months ago.”
Four months ago was around the time when Deering finally started listening to his coaches’ advice. They had told him to start reaching out. They had seen his ability, had known that college coaches covet and had pushed him to contact at least a few schools.
“My coaches kept telling me, ‘You should reach out,’ and ‘You can play,’ and that I should give it a shot,” Deering said. “(CSPA head) coach (Dave) Krupansky really pushed me to try, and said i could build off what I had and I could get to that level.”
So Deering set out to see if there was interest.
Seeking a school that would allow him to major in engineering and minor in business while also playing baseball, Deering quickly found out there was. The CSPA senior came across Siena Heights University. It was a matter of contacting the team, going out to pitch for the coaches, and, just like that, he was offered a spot on the junior varsity team.
He’ll have to earn his role on the varsity squad. But that’s something he’s looking forward to.
“I figure, I was planning on going to college for my degree,” Deering said. “And now I have this to shift into. It’s definitely a big step. It’s really exciting being able to just further what I have already and just be able to develop (as a pitcher) and have all these new experiences.”
Developing will be key for the big right-hander.
He has the build and the potential, and his velocity is already pretty good. But to make the varsity squad and be successful he knows it will be a matter of continuing to improve and putting it all together.
One of the reasons he chose Siena Heights is because he feels he’s capable of doing that there.
That said, the senior hopes that by the end of his final prep season, he’ll be close to that point.
“What I hope to still accomplish is really be able to work with my team and my coaches and be able to really push myself to fully become what I want to become going into college,” Deering said. “I want to be the best I can be in high school.”
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