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Hunter Harris Balances Playoffs, College, Draft

Gladewater's Hunter Harris is about to be a high school graduate, with some serious career options.

This season, Hunter leads the Bears in looking for a trip to Austin, a familiar destination. Hunter is quite familiar with the capitol, he's already signed to play at the University of Texas next year.

"I've been bleeding orange since I was little," Hunter says, "it was an honor just for them to come take

On the mound, Hunter is averaging fifteen strikeouts a game for the Bears. So even though he's made his college decision, the pro scouts are still showing up at his games in preparation for the major league draft. Coach Steve Marrs says he Emails thirty scouts a week about Hunter's pitching appearances.

"Not only is Hunter a great pitcher," Marrs says, "he's a tremendous player. "He's the type of guy that can go out and throw a no-hitter anytime he goes out. He's a great leader, one of the first ones out to practice, one of the la

"He's got a lot of love for the g

Everyone expects Hunter to be drafted, but he says how high he goes and what the offer is will determine his next step.

"I'm just going to see how it goes, " Hunter says. "If the money's right, I'll go. I not, I'll go get my education and

"I know I'm going to the next level. Right now, I'm here playing for Gladewater, and for some of the guys who don't have a baseball fut

With the playoffs dead ahead for the Gladewater Bears, Hunter is putting his collegiate and professional future on hold for now, hoping to earn a trip to Austin the old-fashioned way.

Reid Kerr (rkerr@kltv.com) reporting.

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