Reed City baseball player signs with Aquinas

Reed City’s Hunter Morrison (right) signed a letter of intent on Wednesday with Aquinas College assistant baseball coach Casey Wila to play baseball with the Saints. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY – Hunter Morrison was more than happy to sign his letter of intent on Wednesday at Reed City High School to attend Aquinas College and play baseball.

“I’m super excited to do this,” he said. “This is awesome.”

Morrison, a senior, who will be a fourth-year varsity player this spring, decided recently to pick Aquinas for a college baseball career.

Morrison was a key player for the Coyotes last season in their drive to the regional finals. They also grabbed a share of the Central State Activities Association Gold Division title.

Morrison, a junior, was undefeated on the mound with a record of 9-0 with two saves. He pitched a complete game in the district championship game against Mason County Central with 11 strikeouts.

In 79 2/3 innings pitched, he had 114 strikeouts, only 20 walks, and an ERA of 1.406. Morrison pitched in the regional finals against GR West Catholic until his pitch limit was reached and the score was tied 2-2.

At the plate, he had two home runs, a triple and seven doubles, with a batting average of .351. He only struck out four times and scored 40 times from the leadoff spot.

“He was the most valuable pitcher for the Coyotes in 2017,” Reed City coach Marty Shaffer said.

Aquinas contacted Morrison after the holidays, Shaffer said.

“They saw his profile on line, wanted to talk to him and he went and did a workout,” Shaffer said. “It went from there. He had some junior colleges talking to him. He had such a good year last year.”

Aquinas assistant coach Casey Wila was at the signing ceremony.

“He came to practice about a month ago, took some reps at middle infield and on the mound and he hit for us as well,” Wila said. “We were impressed with how he moved. He had a little pop at the plate. He caught on quickly to everything we were doing and everything the coaching staff looks for when we bring in incoming freshmen.

“It was a no-brainer for us to make him an offer and express an interest in making him a part of our program.”

Morrison will be a scholarship player for Aquinas, an NAIA program.

The Saints will look for Morrison to try pitching and be a middle infielder.

“I looked at Aquinas, last minute, when I did the tryout,” Morrison said. “I looked at Olivet Nazarene, Cornerstone University, Grand Valley State, Ohio University and Western Michigan,” he said.

Morrison said he’s been dreaming of a college career ever since he started Little League. He’ll play baseball this spring and then start his career with Aquinas.”

Morrison feels he’s equally as effective as a middle infielder and pitcher. He’ll be undeclared for a major right now, but Morrison said he’s looking at engineering and business for a possible major.


Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at

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