In front of a large contingent of family and friends, Lakeside High School pitcher Hunter Hubbard held his letter of intent signing ceremony at the high school Wednesday.
The event made official his decision to attend and play baseball for USC Aiken after he finishes his senior year.
“It’s a beautiful campus, beautiful place to play and you know they showed me around,” said Hubbard. “They’re great people, great coaching staff and they’ve got a great program over there – top 20 in the nation. It was an easy decision for me.”
Hubbard, a big right-hander, led the Panthers in 2012 in innings pitched and wins. Panthers head coach Jay Matthews plans to get a lot of work out of him in his senior season and thinks joining the Pacers was the right decision for Hubbard.
“They’re one of the premiere DII programs around and it’s close to home so his friends and family can watch him play.” said Matthews. “So I think it’s a nice perk to play with a quality program that close to home.”
The Pacers were 37-18 in 2012 and head coach Kenny Thomas likes what he is getting in Hubbard.
“Great local pick-up for us,” noted Thomas on the team’s website. “He has come on very strong the past year and has emerged as one of the top pitchers in the Augusta, Ga. area.”
He doesn’t know what he wants to study yet, but he has a plan.
“I’m just hoping to play ball over there and get a degree and be successful in the long run.”