CANNONSBURG – A pair of Boyd County baseball players signed letters of intent with Kentucky Christian University, but the two Lions aren’t just teammates — they’re two Hunters.
Shade Hutchinson’s first name is Hunter, but he goes by his middle moniker. Hunter Morgan joined him etching their collegiate future in ink last Friday at Boyd County High School.
“KCU’s getting two quality young men,” said Lions baseball coach Frank Conley. “They’re two good kids to have in our program. Both of them have grown on and off the field and have shown a lot of maturity, shown themselves as leaders.”
Hutchinson and Morgan both said suiting up on a college diamond was a lifelong dream.
Hutchinson is interested in staying in sports after college, too. He wants to be a player agent. Morgan plans to study nursing.
KCU is under new leadership. Coach Jason Stowers took over as the Knights’ dugout director midway through this season. He was previously at Alice Lloyd. The Knights just wrapped up their regular season at 6-24.
“I really appreciate coach Stowers for helping me,” Hutchinson said. “I know everything is hard for (KCU) right now, but I’m glad I can come in and try to help things out a little bit.”
KCU did not possess a baseball program for more than two decades before reviving it for the 2018 season.
“I’m glad they took a chance on me because, without them, I probably wouldn’t be able to play college baseball,” Hutchinson said. “Everything’s so expensive nowadays. I’m just glad they took a chance on
me and gave me a scholarship. I’m blessed.”
Hutchinson is batting .243 with nine RBIs this season as Boyd County’s primary catcher. Sophomore Joe Lusby has been the Lions’ backstop on several occasions, too.
Hutchinson moved to catcher from third base at the prompting of former middle school coach David Salisbury. “That’s where I’ve been ever since,” he said.
Morgan plays infield and has tossed two innings from the mound. He’s hitting .292 with four RBIs and six runs. He gravitated to KCU because it’s down the road from home.
“I can stay with my family and commute,” he said. “I wanted to be around my family.”
Morgan said Boyd County baseball holds a “special place in my heart.”
Both Morgan and Hutchinson envision success in the near future as the Lions seem to be hitting their stride. They are 13-6 with a game at Lewis County tonight.