A stellar prep career that isn’t complete just yet has landed senior Hayden Hutchison the opportunity to play baseball on the collegiate level. Hutchison signed is a letter of intent to play baseball at Neosho County Community College on Tuesday.
Hutchison said that he liked everything from the coaches through the facilities while visiting with the junior college in Chanute.
A career .392 hitter, Hayden batted .456 his junior year with 16 doubles, 24 RBI 22 runs scored while striking out just three times in 86 at bats.
Hutchison battled through injuries during the late portion of his freshmen year and didn’t get a chance to really workout in the off-season before his sophomore year, keeping his number from being even better.
Hayden was the Western Athletic Conference player of the year as a junior and made the All-State team at third base, while also pitching 49 innings to a 6-1 record and a 3.12 ERA with 33 K’s and just nine walks.
Maybe the most memorable moment of Hutchison’s career to date for many was his sophomore year when he pitched six innings of relief for a win versus Newton in the regional semi-finals. Hays was down 3-0 and Newton had the bases loaded when Hayden entered the game.
Hutchison will enter his senior year five career hits shy of the top ten at Hays High school and a legitimate chance to take over the top spot. Hutchison set the record for doubles at 16 in a single season this past year and also is three away from breaking the all-time record set by Austin Unrein. Hutchison is also four homers away from the career record after not hitting one his junior season. He also sits in 8th place in career RBI, 23 off the all-time record of 83 held by Jeff Bieker.
Hutchison was also part of the Senior Legion team that won a state championship this past summer and qualified for the regional tournament in New Orleans.