By: Seth McKinzie

Senior Hunter Cole Photo: Odessa Photography


Hunter Cole enters his senior season with Gravette High School baseball just on the heels of announcing he will play next season at North Arkansas College in Harrison. Cole, the son of longtime GHS coach Kevin Cole, is primarily a pitcher for the Lions. In 2018, he threw 32 innings and recorded 31 strikeouts.

As the senior enters his final season on the diamond for Gravette, LL sent over some questions to get Cole’s thoughts as the 2019 campaign is only three days away.

“It’s gone better than before,” said Cole when asked about the preseason work. “We workout almost two to three times a week and have had a lot more live scrimmages than ever before.”
Cole will be looking to the team’s cohesiveness to make a difference in 2019 after last year’s team finished a disappointing 7-13.
“The attitude right now is all positive,” said Cole. “No one has beef or has any hatred towards anyone. We all get along with each other very well.”
The 4A-1 will have a new look this season, just like basketball, and that could make Gravette’s path toward improvement a bit more difficult. Cole believes a few factors might possibly play to the Lions’ favor.
“I expect a few teams to be a bit down,” said Cole. “Sure each team may have still have one or two more dudes from last year that played a huge role, but I maybe not on the level of last year. With Farmington and Harrison joining our conference it makes it even more interesting.”
Cole is excited about the makeup of the 2019 Lions and offered fans a hint for some of the players that may not be “well known” right now but could be poised for breakout seasons.
“Mason Dagley and Brodie Parsons are definitely two you should look out for,” said Cole. “They are both very talented juniors and are doing nothing but getting better by the day. Their bats are insane and they have good range and speed in the outfield. Jake Carver is also a guy to look for. He’s only a sophomore and is continuing to grow and develop into something special. He’s going to have a very excellent pitching season and, from what I’ve seen, a very good season at the plate.”
With junior college baseball in his future Cole wants to make the most out of his senior season but has fairly modest heights for which he is aiming.
“Some personal goals that I’ve set for myself is just give everything one-hundred-ten percent and have a good connection with everyone new on the team,” said Cole.
Cole and the Lions open their season on Monday as they host Siloam Springs. The varsity game is expected to begin at 5:00.
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