For virtually the entirety of his baseball career, Hunter Ditsworth has made a habit of winning.
He was part of the “Thundering 13” – the 2017 Lufkin Little League All-Star team that advance all the way to the Little League Championship game in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
He’s won in his high school career: As a pitcher, he led the 2022 Lufkin Panthers with an 11-1 record and a team-best 1.39 ERA. A workhorse for the Pack pitching staff, Ditsworth logged 75.67 innings, striking out 63 opposing hitters.
Beginning in the fall of 2022, Ditsworth will bring his winning mindset to the Angelina College Roadrunners after signing his letter of intent on Wednesday.
“I’m very excited,” Ditsworth said. “I’ve always heard good things about Angelina College, and Coach (Jeff) Livin has always coached me. He’s a great coach, and I’m ready to see where he can take me.
“I think I can help the team out on the mound. I’m just ready to get started.”
Livin said Ditsworth brings a noticeable competitive edge to his overall game.
“I’ve known Hunter since he was 10 or 11 years old, when Bud Maddux brought him over,” Livin said. “We started working with him, and the young man is a competitor beyond belief. He’s got great tools, and I think he’s got a chance to play a little of everything at our place. We’re going to give him a chance to swing the bat, and we’re certainly going to use him on the mound.
“I think the guy was undefeated as a pitcher until the very last game. There’s something to be said for someone who goes out and pitches like that. He’s got the tools to win ball games.”
Ditsworth has benefited from stellar coaching throughout his young career: His Little League coach was the legendary Maddux, who was present for Wednesday’s ceremony. Ditsworth has worked with Livin for several years, and he grew as a player under Lufkin head coach John Cobb, whose Panther team in 2022 won 30 games and finished a game away from the regional finals. Following the season, Ditsworth was named District 16-5A Pitcher of the Year.
Ditwsorth’s parents are Veronica and Michael Ditsworth.
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