Silo Rebels outfielder Lance House and short stop Tanner Hearon are stepping up their game to play collegiate baseball.
It’s actually quite a lot of steps north to El Dorado, Kan., where the guys are getting geared up for time on the diamond at Butler Community College. They’ll be Grizzlies, trading their Rebel red and blue for purple and gold.
“With their outfielders graduating, their quality coaching, and new indoor facilities and turf field, I look forward to working hard and playing daily,” House said. “I’m also excited about being able to play two positions this season for Butler, both as an outfielder and a pitcher.”
That sounds is extra good for House, since a former Butler pitcher/outfielder (Kyle Kinman) recently was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 25th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Draft.
Hearon said, “I am looking forward to being the everyday short stop.”
He said he settled on Butler because it is an opportunity to be part of the “great” things going on there.
House agreed: “Their program is top notch and gives me the ability to play at a very competitive level.”
Of course, as Silo Rebels, House and Hearon are accustomed to performing competitively. They made seven appearances in the state tournament, winning the championship twice, finishing as runner-up three times and reaching the semifinals twice. They were seven-time regional champs and won eight district titles.
Hearon, the son of Kim Galaway and Michael Hearon, said his favorite memory of Silo baseball was getting to play at the highest level for Oklahoma high schools. And House fondly recalls starting as a freshman and winning his first state championship.
Hearon listed his individual awards: Sunbelt selection his sophomore year; “most improved” sophomore and junior years; and “best defensive player” senior year.
House was a Sunbelt selection his sophomore and junior years; all-district and all-conference his sophomore, junior and senior years; a Bryan County, Kiamichi and Green Country all-star his senior year, as well as an East All-Region Team pick. The Oklahoma Coaches Association made him an All-State honorable mention his sophomore year, then the No. 1 pick in the state for the All-State East Team to close out his high-school career. He also took home Silo’s award for most home runs his junior and senior years.
As a Rebel, Hearon said he learned how to represent his school on and off the field, and will carry over that lesson at Butler.
House, the son of Mindy House and the late Harlan House, said he’s taking with him the “hard work ethic” instilled in him at Silo.
Hearon will be working on general studies at the two-year community college.
House said, “I am working toward a safety degree, but being a freshman, I will focus on my basics at this point, and my future plans — well, I would like to play hard and go big.”