June 23rd, 2024

Three Hawks committed to play baseball at U.S. colleges in fall

By JAMES TUBB on May 30, 2024.

NEWS FILE PHOTOS Medicine Hat High Hawks Landon MacPherson, Parker Hunt and Cade Moch have all committed to play baseball at the college level next season. MacPherson is heading to a D2 school and both Hunt and Moch will play at a Junior College.


The Medicine Hat High Hawks baseball team will be represented South of the border next season.

Three graduates from the Hawks Sr. team this season, Landon MacPherson, Parker Hunt and Cade Moch have all committed to play baseball at the college level next season.

MacPherson will play Div. II baseball with the Franklin College Grizzlies, near Fort Wayne, Indiana. Both Moch and Hunt have signed with Junior Colleges in North Dakota, with Moch heading to Williston State College and Hunt to Dakota College at Bottineau.

Hawks head coach Cam Rittinger says he’s proud of all three of them for getting to that next level of baseball.

“That’s kind of the whole basis of our program is giving guys opportunities to play baseball and move on to secondary schools,” Rittinger said. “So to see three of our guys moving on to to do that, whether it’s the junior college route or a four-year university, it’s just good to see our guys going down and knowing that they can compete at that next level.”

MacPherson toured Franklin College in early April and says he liked the campus located in the small town of Franklin (population 25,728). He says the process of getting the scholarship sorted out and signing was nerve-racking.

“You don’t hear from colleges for a little while and it starts to set in you might not play,” MacPherson said. “But then out of nowhere, everything kind of clicks into place and you’re ready to go down there.”

He is proud of the three Hawks for all getting the opportunity to play college ball.

“We’ve seen each other grow as teammates and players through the last three, four years, so it’s awesome to see them go down there,” MacPherson said.

While he’s playing in Indiana, Moch and Hunt will get to build a rivalry in North Dakota as they face off against one another.

“It’s good to see my buddies out there,” Moch said.

“It’s honestly a dream come true to be able to play college baseball, I’ve been hoping for this day since since I was since 10,” Hunt said.

Both credit their coaches for getting them to this point and helping develop them over their careers.

“Cam’s given me the confidence, I hope to be to be a leader for these guys, so Cam has helped me with that,” Hunt said. “Greg Morrison, the owner of the Mavs, I’ve been working with him since pretty much day one and he’s taught me a lot of what I know and he keeps me on my toes with everything. Lyall Foran gave me an opportunity to play in the summer, I’m really grateful for that. Brad Moch, Cade’s dad, was one of my first competitive coaches and made me really realized that I had a shot doing something with this. So I think that’s really cool.”

Moch also credits his dad for getting him to this point and he takes pride that his father helped coach him throughout his childhood. He says this is a goal the two of them have worked toward for a long time.

“It’s always been like his dream for me to play college baseball and it’s good to live up to that,” Moch said.

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