Hulne: Hart has put in the effort to get noticed

Published 7:10 pm Monday, July 21, 2014

Jordan Hart rounds third base for the Austin Greyhounds earlier this season. -- Rocky Hulne/

Jordan Hart rounds third base for the Austin Greyhounds earlier this season. — Rocky Hulne/

If a high school player in any sport wants to get noticed by college scouts these days, there is a good chance they’re going to have to visit some sort of camp or play in some sort of summer league.

Players sacrifice their time and energy for the chance of being noticed by the right team on a daily basis. What Jordan Hart, who will be a senior for Lyle-Pacelli in the fall, did over a recent three-day was truly a hectic stretch, but it did give him a chance to perform in front of some college scouts.

Hart began his journey simply enough by playing in a Tuesday night Legion baseball doubleheader for Austin Post 91 in Marcusen Park. Austin won both games against the Rochester A’s and Hart headed to bed early as he was on the road by 6:30 a.m. the next day to get to the St. Cloud State University Prospect Camp for baseball.

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Hart performed in various hitting and speed drills at the camp, which ran from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and then he was back on the road to Medford, where he played basketball for the Lyle-Pacelli summer team that night.

“I liked the St. Cloud camp. They know a lot and it would be great to go over there and play baseball,” Hart said. “I hadn’t played basketball in awhile, so I was a little rusty.”

After about 15 hours of competing and driving, Hart settled in a hotel in the Twin Cities area Wednesday night and he was up by 5:30 a.m. on Thursday to compete in the Junior Prospects Camp at Minnetonka from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

That camp had 150 attendees and it had a lot of college scouts and even a Minnesota Twins scout. That night, Hart played for the Austin Post 91 Legion baseball team again as they swept a doubleheader from Kasson.

Then, finally, after three straight days where he had to try and impress scouts and help the Legion team win four games, Hart was able to rest.

“It was really fun, but it gets tiring when you run around all day,” Hart said. “You’ve go to deal with it I guess.”

Hart hit .539 with 42 RBIs for Lyle-Pacelli this past spring and he’s had a solid summer playing for Austin Post 91. However, much of his chances of getting noticed by a college probably came down to the two days he spent in those camps.

That’s a factor that Hart wasn’t going to let get to him.

“I try not to think about it too much, because then it gets in my head and I start doing stuff wrong,” Hart said. “I try to do the best I can and have fun with it.”

Hart has worked on improving his game this summer. Besides playing for the Austin Legion team, he’s also played amateur baseball with the Austin Greyhounds, where the pitching can get a little more tough.

“The pitching is faster and it’s kind of hard to transfer from Legion pitching to amateur pitching,” Hart said. “You’ve got to fight through that.”

Hart also plays football at LP, but the team has had no summer activities. He prefers to spend most of his summer time on the baseball diamond.

“Baseball is usually first choice, but I try to sneak in other sports,” Hart said.