Matt Hillis played for the Charles Page High School baseball team from 2007 through 2009 and made the All-State team his senior year.
Hillis set the CPHS record for stolen bases his senior year at 45. He also had 6 home runs, including one in Drillers Stadium in a game against Memorial.
Hillis played one season of collegiate ball for Cowley County Community College and finished with a .250 batting average. He landed 13 hits on 52 at-bats with 14 runs and 11 RBI, including two homers. As an outfielder he maintained a .929 fielding percentage.