As of Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Grangeville’s baseball tournament ended in the final — a game the Bulldogs might not have reached if not for Hunter Schoo’s game-winning hit in extra innings against Malad.
“It was a good feeling to be able to redeem myself, going from the one who made the error that put them up 1-0 to that walkoff,” Schoo said Tuesday, May 22. “So, Trent Hunter and Easton McEwen both drew walks. I told coach before that at-bat I would try not to step, because my timing was off most of that game. I believe it was 2-2. I had fouled one off, then I was able to squeeze one into the outfield between the shortstop and third base.”
“When I hit it, I couldn’t tell, I saw Easton at third but I didn’t know if he was going to stay there or not,” Schoo said of the moment he knew it was the winning hit. “When I saw him rounding it, I knew it was game. That was probably the best moment I’ve had in high school sports. Just the excitement and happiness — it was awesome.”
The next day, the state championship went to Nampa Christian.
“We didn’t play as well as we could have, or hit as well as we could have, but we’re glad we got to bring home a trophy,” Schoo said. “I’ll get to tell my kids we got to the championship and I had the hit to get us there, with all my buddies, and we had a good time.”
Baseball seniors Ethan Bonn, Easton McEwen, Trent Hunter, Kolten Key and Tyler Stephens are poised to graduate this Friday, May 25. “I’ve been playing with them forever, and I’m going to miss them next year,” Schoo said.
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