Kris Hecktor, a Batavia High School senior, recently signed a collegiate letter-of-intent to continue his education and baseball career at Marshall University, Huntington, W. Va. He plans to major in business.
Known for his outstanding success in baseball where he will be playing his fourth season of varsity this spring, he has also competed in football and basketball.
The right hand pitcher has been a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division all-star three times and has earned the division’s player of the year honors.
He may have inherited many of his baseball skills from his grandfather, Peter, who pitched for Amelia High School and legendary coach Stanley Anstaett in the early 1950s. At the time, Amelia was the second-smallest high school in the county and yet dominated by continuously winning the Clermont County League diamond crown and the Class A district title several times.
A couple of baseball games stand out as highlights of Kris' successful baseball career.
He said, "My freshman year I made a couple of nice defensive plays at second base against New Richmond...My junior year we won a big tournament game over Bellbrook that built a lot of confidence for the team.
"My dad deserves a lot of credit for my success. He has always been there for me," said a grateful and appreciative son. "My mom has always been there for me, too, and (Batavia head baseball) coach (Brian) Lyons taught me a lot about the mental aspects of baseball."
Said Lyons of his stellar moundman, "Kris is the ideal player. He's the type of player every coach wants to have on his team. He has the desire to get better."
Statisically, Hecktor has a pitching record of 11-1 with a 2.68 earned run average for 75 innings pitched. He has struck out 90 opponents. At the plate he has hit .468 with 19 doubles, six triples, 56 runs batted in, and 66 runs scored.
"We're very happy for him," said his father. "We looked at a lot of schools and Marshall was a good fit for him. He'll get the opportunity to play and to move up to the next level."
"He's worked hard his whole life," said his mother, "We are very proud he will be going to a division one school."