By Jeremy McDonald
SILVERTON, Ore.– There are two sides of Silverton’s Hunter Runion.
One side is his calm, introvert demeanor that he showed sitting at the desk speaking when he signed his Letter of Intent for his athletic school to NCAA Division-II MSU-Billings and the out-going side as he showed with his friends post-signing, sharing a smile and a laugh with everyone while staying soft-spoken.
“He’s never really been an Extrovert,” starts father and Foxes Assistant Baseball Coach Jeremiah Runion with a smile. “He’s very quiet. When he’s with his buddies and stuff like that, he’s absolutely speaks up a bit.
A leader on the squad last season, Hunter Runion helped Silverton on the mound with his bat, striking out 54 batters in a little over 46 innings of work while leading the Foxes offense in Batting average, doubles, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
And though he’ll be pitching in college, it’s probably not surprising if Runion pulls off some Madison Bumgarner hacks at the plate if given the chance.
Runion reflected, as the pictures with friends and family slowed, the work he put in to even get to this point of getting the chance to play at the next level as he has in front of him now.
“It’s crazy, I’ve put in a lot of work…pretty much year around, every single day putting in the work. Just working out no matter what, working on my mechanics and everything. Tidy everything up,” said Runion on the work he has put in.
“It’s pretty amazing, he works a lot on the weekends and puts in a lot of extra time that a lot of athlete’s don’t have an opportunity to do so to see him that is a great opportunity for him and for the school too,” adds Jeremiah Runion.
Both Jeremiah and Hunter know that this offseason will be important leading into the Spring season as Jeremiah points to wanting to put muscle on Hunter’s slender frame and build off of that entering the summer break leading into the Fall.
“He’s got a trainer that he’s working out with every day now that football is over, we’re just trying to get some muscle on him and get him prepared for that next step,” said Jeremiah Runion.
And as some of his baseball teammates like Owen Bischoff work their time in with the signee, you could tell that Hunter is just focusing on trying to help out his team as a leader this Spring before moving on to his next destination beyond Graduation Day in June.
“It’s crazy, it’s definitely one of those important things,” starts Hunter Runion on being a leader this season. “We have a young team so they’ll look up to a leaders on our team and with me being one of them is important.”