Caleb Riordan | Ameritime Sports Writer
There comes a time for every high school student when the future becomes unknown. Even more so for high school athletes. The time comes where you leave the squad you’ve grown to know over the past four years and you have to decide on a plan for the future. That time is quickly approaching for South Iron baseball’s Hunter Kelley.
Kelley has helped the South Iron Panthers to a record of 13-3 so far in his senior season. He’s sported a .327 batting average with 15 runs batted in and he scored eight runs. He contributed to a South Iron offense that had no issue scoring runs this year. They scored over five runs in 12 out of their 16 games played. Kelley was one of six players on the Panthers with an average of over .300 and tied for the team lead with 52 at-bats.
Kelley is not just a bat in the Panthers’ lineup. He has also contributed 14 innings on the mound this season. He has made four starts and has an earned run average of 2.50. He has 14 strikeouts and has only allowed five runs
Q: How did you get started in baseball?
A: I got my start in baseball because of my dad he put the ball and bat in my hands when I was little and I fell in love with the amazing sport.
Q: Who have been your biggest influences in baseball, either directly or indirectly?
A: My dad, my coaches and teammates are my biggest influence for baseball they have really helped me grow as a person and as a ballplayer. My mom also has always been very supportive of everything I do and always pushes me on and off the field to always be a strong person and never give up no matter what I do in life.
Q: What is one moment in your baseball career that stands out to you the most?
A: If I had to choose one moment that stands out to me it would be the first time, I got to pitch it was an amazing experience that I will always remember!
Q: What schools are you considering and do you plan to continue your baseball career in college?
A: I am not sure as of right now where I’ll be going to college but whatever God has in store for me, I want to be very successful and I hope to extend my career in baseball
Q: To all of the little ones that have dreams to do what you’re doing, what’s the best advice that you could give them?
A: My advice to the kids is always to work hard, have fun and keep ur head up.