Hill commits to Arkansas State

No doubt Garry Hill will be one of the best known players in Arkansas State history.

Hill, a rising senior outfielder/pitcher for the Class 4A champion Star City Bulldogs, just happen to have his shining moment, a diving catch over his head against Brookland in the state semifinals, caught on video..

By the time the evening was done, Hill, who committed to Arkansas State baseball on Tuesday, had become an internet Phenom and his play was part ESPN’s top 10 plays of the day..

“I didn’t really know how big it was,’’ said Hill, who joined teammate Blake Wynn in committing to the Red Wolves. “It was the week of the state championship game and I was just concentrating on what I had to do so I would not let my teammates down. “After everything was done it was pretty cool.”.

Hill, 5-foot-9, 162 pounds, didn’t let his teammates down, picking up the win in the title game and also driving in a run with a bunt. For the season, he batted .446 with 4 triples, 5 home runs and 33 RBIs. On the mound he had 34 strikeouts in 39 innings and a 2.33 earned run average..

A one-sport athlete, Hill was in Jonesboro for the annual Xtra Innings event, which includes game being played on the A-State campus..

“I really like it up there,’’ he said. “I like the foundation of the program. It is a lot different that Monticello and Star City. I really liked coach Tighe Dickinson and coach (Tommy) Raffo. I feel like they are good men who can help me become a better person and a better player. I felt at home.”.

Hill, who transferred to Star City from Monticello after his freshmen season, said the Red Wolves coaches told him he was recruited as a dual player..

“I don’t know which one I like better,’’ he said. “That is really not my decision. I always felt like I was an outfielder until the last couple of years and now I like pitching.”.

His freshman season at Monticello he was the catcher on the junior varsity. “I hated it but I wanted to play,’’ he said..

Hill said he had offers from UAPB, UCA and Jefferson (Mo.) College.