As arguably one of the best high school pitchers in Texas, Nathan Hickey drew a lot of attention playing shortstop.
While he compiled some eye-popping numbers on the mound during his senior season with the Granbury Pirates, Hickey has been honored twice as an all-state shortstop.
The most recent accolade at that position came when the Texas Sports Writers Association named him among the honorable mentions on its Class 4A team. He had earlier been recognized by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association.
In addition, Hickey was chosen to play shortstop in the THSBCA All-Star Game in June.
Hickey has signed to pitch for Paris Junior College next season.
Often in baseball, the top-tier high school players will opt to play at a junior college instead of a higher-level college program because after each junior college season they can enter the Major League Baseball Draft. At the NCAA Division I level, for example, a player has to commit to stay at the school for three years.
Hickey, the MVP of District 7-4A, led the Pirates in hitting with a .459 average, as well as having team-highs in hits (50), singles (39, a school record), and runs batted in (24). He was second in doubles (7), triples (4), and slugging percentage (.596), along with being third in on-base percentage (.478).
As a pitcher, Hickey set a team record this season with a 0.32 earned run average. He also became only the third pitcher in school history with 100 strikeouts in a season, accomplishing the feat in only 66.2 innings. He also walked just 21.
Hickey, 8-1 with a save, had a perfect game, two one-hitters, and a pair of two-hitters.
As a junior, he was the league’s pitcher of the year as he struck out 99.
Behind Hickey, the Pirates advanced to the bidistrict playoffs as the District 7-4A runners-up. He pitched a two-hitter in a 4-0 victory against Burleson Centennial to open the best-of-three series, but the Pirates dropped the next two.
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