Bret Sutton is going to live out his dream of playing college baseball as a Hilltopper.

Bret Sutton is going to live out his dream of playing college baseball as a Hilltopper.
Sutton, a 6-foot, 180-pound right-handed pitcher and shortstop at Fort Osage, signed a letter of intent last week with the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, a NCAA Division I program in Bowling Green, Ky.
Sutton, a first-team All-Suburban Middle Six, first-team Examiner All-Area and second-team Class 4 all-state selection last spring, said the opportunity to both pitch and play the field was instrumental in choosing Western Kentucky.
“I got looked at by Baylor and Clemson and all these other schools, but Western Kentucky is a top program in baseball and they are going to let me do both – play shortstop and pitcher,” Sutton said. “Clemson wanted me as a pitcher and Baylor wanted me as a shortstop, but Western Kentucky is definitely going to let me do both.”
Sutton hit a team-leading .453 last season for the Indians and played this summer with the Blue Springs Rod’s Sports Athletics American Legion squad. He also represented Team Missouri this summer in the Junior Sunbelt Tournament in McAllister, Okla.
“It feels good,” Sutton said. “I worked really hard to go D-I.”
Fort Osage head coach Chris Walker said Sutton is the program’s first Division I signee since 1991.
“It’s been quite awhile, but Bret is very deserving,” Walker said, adding Sutton could excel at both positions at Western Kentucky. “He really wanted to pitch and play the field down there.”
Western Kentucky head coach Chris Finwood said in a press release that he will give Sutton every opportunity to become a two-way player.
“Bret was very highly recruited, mostly as a pitcher and he has a chance to be special on the mound, but we really think he will be a good hitter at this level as well,” Finwood said in the release to announce the signing of Sutton. “He is a fierce competitor and brings that edge to everything he does.”
Sutton said his signing and the verbal commitment that football player E.J. Gaines has given to Missouri could help college recruiters find U.S. 24 and Fort Osage.
“We’ve got E.J. going Division I and now me,” Sutton said. “The more people we get going Division I, the more times our school gets looked at. That means kids coming up in our programs have more of a chance to go Division I because our school is talked about a little more.”