The Cordova senior gets his chance next year as a member of the Snead State Parsons. Gilmore signed with the Boaz junior college last week.
Longtime Snead State coach Gerry Ledbetter is losing five pitchers from this year’s squad — the college season starts next month.
“We had Hunter come over and we worked him out. He fits a need for us. He’s a little bit raw, but he will develop. He’s got a good arm and he’s got good size and he will get stronger,” Ledbetter said of the 6-foot-2, 235-pound Gilmore, who will open his senior season at Cordova in March.
Ledbetter heard about Gilmore through former Cordova baseball player Chris Kilpatrick, who is on the Snead State roster this season.
“Chris told me about him. Sometimes the best recruiters are your own players,” Ledbetter said.
Gilmore was a key member of the Cordova team that advanced to the second round of the Class 3A state playoffs last year before falling to Winfield 4-3 in a decisive Game 3 in their best-of-three series.
He said Snead State was the perfect fit.
“I like how it’s not really that big. It’s kind of like Jasper,” Gilmore said. “I liked the coaches, the surroundings, everything about it.”
At Cordova, Gilmore played right field, first base, third base and pitcher for head coach Ronnie Boggs.
He will be used as a pitcher for the Parsons next year.
“This year, five of my pitchers have already signed with four-year schools. We are losing a lot of them. We really want kids to come to school with the idea of graduating in two years. Last year, we had 12 sophomores. All 12 graduated and 10 of them signed. That’s pretty good,” Ledbetter said.
Gilmore has his sights on playing at a four-year school after his time at Snead State.
“I hope to play for four years. I’m going to work really hard and see if I can do it,” Gilmore said.
Snead State is coming off a 31-23 season in 2013. The Parsons finished third in the North Division behind Wallace State-Hanceville and Shelton State.
Former Sumiton Christian player Hunter Payne was the Parsons’ closer in 2013. He signed with Harding University in Arkansas.