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500 milliseconds to make a decision, sweat dripping down his face, he takes a quick breath to relax his mind as the pitcher winds up for the throw. The ball funnels towards him — he decides to go for it. At the crack of his bat, fans grip the edge of their seat as the ball flies towards the edge of left field. It’s going… it’s going… it’s gone! Senior Bryson Hoier adds another homerun to his list as he jogs across home plate, earning the Bearcats another run. 

Starting on Varsity since his freshman year, Senior Outfielder Bryson Hoier draws a crowd every time he steps foot on a baseball diamond. Hoier started playing the sport when he was six years old, and from the day of his first practice to now, he has developed a passion unseen in other kids. 

“I fell in love with baseball because it was a game that taught me more about life and that when you have more failures, it makes the successes even greater,” Hoier said, “If there’s one thing I learned it was to always have a short memory, because there’s another chance right around the corner.” 

Some of his greatest achievements include: being selected as one of 200 kids in the country to compete in North Carolina for team USA, being named all league team, and signing to play division one baseball at Loyola Marymount University. 

With his senior season coming to an end, Hoier said, “It’s been emotional, but I’ve been sure to make the most of every opportunity and enjoy every last moment I get on my high school field.”

One of Hoier’s biggest highlights this season was his two home run game in the win over Atascadero on Thursday Apr 28, 2022. In back to back appearances at the plate, Hoier hit two homeruns over the left field fence, both going at least 375 ft. far.

In four years on varsity, Hoier has over 240 plate appearances, paired with 58 hits, 39 runs batted in, and nine home runs. Hoier’s batting average this year was .347, with 88 plate appearances, while leading the team in: home runs, triples, doubles, runs batted in, runs, stolen bases, and slugging percentage. 

Over the past two summers Hoier has played travel ball for the Orange County Ducks, led by coach Chris Cooper. Cooper has had a massive impact on Bryson’s career and his successes. 

“As a player, Bryson is a leader on and off the field. He leads by example and shows other players how to conduct themselves when they face adversity and when things are going well,” Cooper said, “Coaching Bryson is easy, he’s usually at the field before I am getting locked in for the game ahead. Being a top player, you need to be willing to fail and learn from it. I rarely need to change or explain something to Bryson but we routinely talk about plays he could have done better on or at bats he could have approached differently. Wish I had 30 Brysons on my team.”

With an overall GPA of 4.2, Hoier is committed to play division one baseball at Loyola Marymount University, in Los Angeles California, majoring in business. 

Senior Bryson Hoier hitting at Barnhart field.
Senior Bryson Hoier hitting at Righetti Highschool's baseball field.
Senior Bryson Hoier sliding headfirst into home plate at Barnhart field.
Bryson Hoier tapping helmets with Conner Neal after hitting a home run at Barnhart field.

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Braydon Hoier
Braydon Hoier, Review Editor

Braydon Hoier is a Junior in his third year with Crimson. He is the review director for the class. Hoier joined his Freshman year and has been mostly involved in sports reporting in his time with the class. He plays baseball for the school and golfs for fun on his own time.

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