Mitch Berryhill has all the tools to replace Scott Hurst.
The incoming junior has some big shoes to fill, but if he plays like he did at Salt Lake Community College, he should have no problem.
Berryhill enrolled at SLCC after spending two years on an LDS mission immediately after high school. In a more in-depth article by HJNews.com, Berryhill describes his journey to getting his scholarship with Fullerton.
As a junior and senior in high school, Berryhill racked up awards and was named first team all-state both seasons. While many would immediately choose to go to college with his accolades, Berryhill elected to go on a mission to New Mexico. A risk if he ever wanted to continue with baseball, however, it shows that kind of dedication that is within him.
But it seems he didn’t accumulate too much rust while serving in the desert.
Berryhill kept in shape and when he returned, he was named the defensive MVP of the league and led SLCC in batting with a .434 average and .517 onbase percentage. Something the Titans hope Berryhill brings with him to the Big West.
Hurst, a third round pick by the St. Louis Cardinals this year, was a major offensive and defensive crutch for the Titans last season. At many times, it felt like he was the only offensive presence for the Titans. Replacing him was going to be a major task, but if the numbers hold true, the Titans may be safe for at least one more season.