April 1, 2017/Austin, Texas – Hunter Courson (ABCCL MONARCHS/Garland, Texas) hit the first walk-off grand slam home run of his college career as St. Edward’s University defeated Oklahoma Christian in a 10-run mercy rule victory.
Courson’s long bomb over the left field wall put an exclamation point on an 8-run Hilltopper outburst in the seventh inning, bringing an abrupt end to what had been a competitive contest. Courson’s teammate at St. Edward’s and on the Monarchs, Ryan Hill /ABCCL MONARCHS/Katy, Texas) contributed one inning of flawless relief in the victory.
With the win St. Edward’s (21-12 overall, 8-4 in the Heartland Conference) jumps into a tie for second place in the league standings. Oklahoma Christian (18-16, 5-7 Heartland) falls to seventh in the conference.
Monarchs coach and general manager, Pete Koehler, was not surprised by Courson’s success. “We were fortunate to have Hunter on the Monarchs for two summers and without question he was one of the best all-around players I’ve coached in the 17 years I’ve been associated with the ABCCL,” Koehler said. “He’s a prototypical 5-tool player. Great speed, power, arm… the works. He’s also very solid under pressure and a wonderful teammate who makes the players around him better. I’ve received lots of inquiries from MLB scouts who have been following Hunter and I trust they’ll do the smart thing when the draft comes around this summer. There’s no question that whichever team picks him will be getting a great young man and a proven winner.”