Michael Hesson has become at least the fifth member of the Booneville High School Class of 2019 who will continue playing sports in college.
Hesson singed last week with National Park College Nighthawks, a junior college program in Hot Springs.
Rather than athletic, Hesson received the school’s presidential scholarship which covers all direct college costs.
Though he wasn’t anticipated to be, Hesson was the staff ace for the Bearcats this season, drawing the best opponents, especially early on in the campaign, leading to an 0-4 start with losses to 6A Van Buren, 5A Greenwood and conference opponents Atkins and Lamar — the latter being a complete game one run loss on the road.
Between April 9 and May 9 he ran off five straight wins, including a crucial bounce back win over Lamar, a complete game in Paris, a win in Perryville that nailed down the third seed in Conference 3A-4 play for the regional tournament, a win over Mayflower in the Class 3A Region 2 opener that earned a state berth, and a win over Elkins in the 3A state tournament opener Thursday.
He was expected to pitch Monday’s semifinal game with Central Arkansas Christian.
Playing center field when not pitching the four year Bearcat starter was hitting .333 with eight doubles, 16 RBI and a team co-leading 28 runs scored this season, going into Monday’s game.
Hesson was a two sport athlete for the Bearcats playing running back and defensive back for the 2018 Class 3A state champion Bearcat football team.
He ran for 810 yards and 13 touchdowns, and caught six passes for 136 yards and three scores. On defense he had 56 total tackles, six interceptions and eight pass breakups.
Hesson is slated to join Aleeah Blanscett (volleyball), Brandon Ulmer (baseball), and Noah Reyes (football), and Logan Bradley (basketball) in college uniforms.
At least one other basketball player has an offer to play collegiately.