Sherman heading to Jefferson County


FUTURE VIKING — Warrenton senior Hunter Sherman recently signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Je­ erson College. Pictured, front row from left, are Everleigh Sherman, James Sherman, Hunter Sherman and Andrea Sherman. Back row, from left, are Parker Sherman, Braden Lawson and Eli Ecton. Submitted photo.
By: 
Scott Butler
Correspondent

As the school year has officially ended, new adventures await the graduating seniors. Some of them are enjoying their last summer before heading off to college and participating in college athletics.

This is the case for Warrenton graduate Hunter Sherman as he has signed a letter of intent to further his academic and baseball careers at Jefferson College. With three offers on the table, Sherman decided to play for the Vikings next season.

“I chose JeffCo for a number of reasons,” Sherman said. “But mainly because of their long history of winning and with their NJCAA World Series wins. I just want to be a part of that.”

Jefferson College is a community college located in Hillsboro, which is a little over an hour from Warrenton. The Vikings play in the Missouri Community College Athletic Conference, which plays other two-years teams such as St. Charles Community College and East Central College, among others.

“My mom and dad were huge factors in the decision- making process,” Sherman said. “They are so supportive and were there for me every step of the way.”

As of now, Sherman is currently undecided as to what his major will be, but on the baseball field, he will be used as a utility player for the baseball team.

“Being a utility player keeps a lot of doors open for playing time,” Sherman said. “I’ve always been told if I can hit, they will find a spot for me.”

And what a hitter he was this past season for Warrenton. If it weren’t for a COVID-stricken junior season, Sherman would have been a fouryear starter, and he saved his best season for last.

The senior tied two school records by collecting 37 hits and hitting five home runs. He also broke the school record by scoring 33 runs as well. Along with those records, he led the team in almost every offensive category, such as a .451 batting average, 25 runs batted in, and stealing 14 bases.

Sherman credits his success his senior year to his older brother, Braden Lawson. The 2018 Warrenton graduate is currently playing college baseball at Hannibal-LaGrange.

“My senior year success had everything to do with my off -season,” Sherman said. “Every day, my brother and I would get up and lift weights, run the track, long toss, and hit and I can’t thank him enough for everything he has done for me since I was little.”

Sherman still learned quite a bit about the game throughout his high school career.

“One thing that I’ve changed in my high school career was the mental aspect of the game,” Sherman said. “I was a nervous freshman on varsity but my senior year, I just had the mind-set that I was just playing the same game that I’ve been playing my whole life.”

Sherman’s high school head coach, Eric Burle, saw some major changes to Sherman’s high school career and said changes to his toughness and confidence were key.

“I think his freshman and his sophomore sea-sons he allowed some things to impact him, especially off ensively,” Burle said. “This season, he turned some of that energy to fuel him for his next at-bat, next pitch, and next play in the fi eld mentality.”

Burle also believes that Jeff erson College is get-ting a really good base-ball player.

“He is a player that is fairly dynamic in that he can play at a high level both on the infi eld and in the outfi eld,” Burle said. “He also plays extreme-ly hard and he’s going to give you 100%; whether it’s running the bases, attacking the ball in the fi eld, or grinding out an at-bat.”

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