JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
LLANO — Llano High School senior pitcher Isaac Hutto made his commitment to Texas State University official during a signing ceremony May 28.
“They’re a great school,” he said. “I went to their camp over the summer. I love San Marcos. It’s a great school, and I can’t wait to be a Bobcat.”
The reason Texas State recruited him, he said, has plenty to do with the ball movement on his pitches in addition to his 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame.
He knows he’ll spend time in the weight room and on the mound.
“I have a lot of potential to be good,” he said.
Hutto was the Yellow Jackets’ pitching ace, helping the team finish as the District 8-3A runner-up and win a bi-district championship.
While those feats are terrific, Hutto said his favorite game was the 4-3 victory against Burnet in which he had 11 strikeouts. Llano scored two runs in the seventh inning for the win.
“That was my best pitching performance,” he said. “It was our last home game, and it was against our rival. I had been thinking about it all week, and, coming into it, I was nervous. I had a great game.”
The son of Terry Hutto and Delana Stanton will major in business, following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
The Yellow Jacket said his final year in orange and black turned out how he and his teammates envisioned. As a football, basketball and baseball player, Hutto was part of three playoff squads.
The reason for the success is the result of what happened a year earlier, when Llano was one game behind in the standings in football and basketball to qualify for the postseason.
“We were pretty sick of coming up short,” he said. “During the summer, we lived in the weight room and were getting in shape. It was a mindset.”
He thanked the coaching staff for believing in the athletes and for making themselves available to open the weight room and other duties for 12 months.
“We wanted to be a foundation,” Hutto said. “We wanted to set a tone for Llano athletics. We would have loved to have gone further. Making the playoffs in all three sports is amazing. We accomplished that. I’m tickled pink to make it that far.”