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Haleyville’s Kiser signs with UNA Lions
By Jesse Lamar
Sports Reporter
HALEYVILLE  -  Continuing a sporting career at the next level is most, if not all, high school athletes’ dream. After years of hard work and training, everything seems to have paid off as soon as the athlete’s name goes on the dotted line at the bottom of the letter of intent.
Haleyville senior outfielder/left-handed pitcher Conner Kiser made the commitment to continue his baseball career at the University of North Alabama on Thursday, Nov 20, where he will join a few of his former teammates next spring.
The lefty, who has played baseball since kindergarten, was second on the team in hits last season with 45 base hits out of 122 at bats. He was also second in runs scored with 34. His batting average was .369 while racking up 37 singles, 7 doubles and 1 triple. He was also second on the team with number of RBIs’, he had 26.
His proud parents, Leigh Ann and Kelly Kiser were all smiles after their son had signed the dotted line. “We’re excited he’s getting the opportunity to play at the next level. UNA has a very good baseball program and we’re thankful that Coach (Mike) Keehn has given him a chance to play,” Kelly said. Leigh Ann was a bit more sentimental on the topic. “As a mom, I’m proud he’s going to continue on and play ball. And I’m glad it’s not too far away so we can always go watch him.”
“Conner has been a great player for us,” Lion Head Coach Todd McNutt said. “Very athletic and one of the best outfielders I’ve been around; He’s a sure glove and makes good reads. It’s a dream of his, and it’s a credit to his hard work.”
Kiser kept his statement short and sweet but expressed his gratitude. “It’s like a dream come true to me. I’ve been thinking about this since I was a little kid, and I’m thankful I get the opportunity to do it. I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without my coaches or my parents, and for them I’m grateful.”
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