A young duo sparking Missouri State to its 17-2 start will be filling infield and outfield roles with the Rockford Rivets this summer.
The Missouri State Bears, Jordan Hovey and Hunter Steinmetz, were the first players to sign with the Stateline’s new Northwoods League team.
Hovey, a freshman infielder from Edwardsville High School in Illinois, is batting .300 in the early start of the season. On March 20, Hovey hit his first career home run, a two-run bomb, helping the Bears rally to a series sweep against Iowa.
Steinmetz, a freshman outfielder from Parkview High School in Missouri, holds Parkview’s all-time stolen bases record at 64 and has carried his speedster reputation over to the Bears’ lineup. Through 19 games, Steinmetz leads The MVC in stolen bases, at eight, and is third in hitting, at .408.