Times Sports Editor
Summer time means baseball for many Clay County athletes and Zach Hull was no different.
The Clay County athlete played for both the Clay Youth League 14-and-under baseball team as well as for the Indiana Prospects 14U travel team that is based in Noblesville. The Prospects compiled a 52-17 mark during the season and finished as the number one travel team in Indiana.
The squad won several major tournaments over the summer and its success earned them an invitation to the elite Battle of the South Tournament held in Nashville, Tenn. The prestigious tournament is by invitation only and featured the top 66 travel teams from all over the United State.
The Indiana Prospects finished 19th in the tourney after dropping a two-run decision to New England in the finals.
Hull finished the summer with a .328 batting average and a .529 slugging percentage with 23 RBI, 26 singles, eight doubles, three triples and drilled three home runs.
Hull also enjoyed success along with the CYL 14's team that reached the state tournament and was the runner-up.
Hull had a pair of home runs in District competition that helped enable the team to move on to the State Tournament in Evansville. Due to his travel team commitments, Hull was only able to play in the first game against the Jasper All-Stars. In that game, Hull and Coleman Craig each homered in the seventh inning as the CYL finished second.
Though Hull enjoyed the travel ball competition with the Indiana Prospects, he mentioned that his only regret was not being able to play the entire state tourney with his Clay County teammates, who have established a winning tradition.
Hull has been a member of the All Indiana State team three of the past four seasons and is looking forward to potentially playing for Northview next season and to have one last opportunity to play Babe Ruth baseball with his teammates and possibly bringing home another state championship to Clay County.