By Craig Beilfuss
NORTON SHORES–Mona Shores pitcher Jaxson Huffman signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday afternoon to attend Michigan State University in the fall of 2023.
The signing event took place in the Sailor Center at Mona Shores high school in the Hanichen Gymnasium.
During his junior season, Huffman went 11-0 on the mound for the Sailors. He struck out 123 and finished with a 0.23 ERA, which shattered the school record. He struck out 17 in a game, which also tied a school record. Offensively, he hit .318 with 8 home runs, which is good for second all time in school history. He drove in 31 runs and scored 28 runs.
During his high school career, Huffman split his time between the pitching mound and third base. Huffman is a three-year starter. The covid season cost him the chance at being a four-year starter
At Michigan State, Huffman will be under the direction Spartan Baseball coach Jake Boss, who has been at the helm 14 seasons.
Last season the Spartans were 24-30 overall and finished with a 8-16 record in the Big Ten Conference.
“Jaxon is a once in a generation type talent,” said Mona Shores baseball coach Brandon Bard. “He is as dominant on the mound as anyone I have ever seen at this level. He is an amazing defensive third baseman and has as much pop at the plate as anyone we have ever had come through this program.”
His hard work also helped him distance himself from most other players.
“He is an extremely hard-working kid on and off the field,” Bard said. “He is a leader, gives back to our youth baseball programs and has an extremely bright future. Michigan State is getting a true competitor and an even better person. I can’t wait to see what his senior season has in store for him here at Mona Shores, and I can’t wait to go watch him pitch in that green and white uniform in a couple of years.”
Jaxon is the son of Eric and Laurie Huffman. Huffman has an 3.8 grade-point-average.