Greenbrier High School baseball standout Hunter Boose on Wednesday made official his decision to stay close to home.
At a letter of intent signing held before practice, the Wolfpack’s shortstop signed up to become a member of the Augusta State University team next season.
“It’s very relieving, not having to play with that boulder on my shoulders,” said Boose, who said he was attracted to the Division II Jaguars because he liked their baseball program and head coach Chris Cooper. “I can play the rest of the season without being stressed out about where I’m going to school, what schools are looking at me and stuff.”
Being close to home played a big part in his decision to go to ASU.
“Staying home, all my family members and friends get to come see me whenever they want,” Boose said.
Boose helped the 21-2 Wolfpack into the finals of the Region 2-AAAA playoffs, hitting his first career grand slam against Wayne County on Tuesday night. He has stood out at shortstop with his defensive prowess, but he would rather be known for his overall play.
“I have my moments when my hitting’s not good and my fielding looks amazing,” Boose said. “And then I also have my other moments when my hitting can look good and my fielding is a little off. When I figure out how to put it all together, I’ll be a pretty dangerous baseball player.”
Wolfpack head coach Chris Wilkins likes what Boose gives them on the field.
“There are six guys playing infield, and without question he’s the leader of that bunch in practice,” Wilkins said. “As he goes, we go.”
While at Augusta State, Boose hopes to study sports medicine and forensic science, influenced by his father, Kenneth, who is the deputy coroner for Richmond County.