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Northview's Hull providing some pop for Prospects

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

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Northview junior-to-be is headed to Georgia with his Indiana Prospect club to play in one of the top tournaments in the nation from July 13-18.
By CAREY FOX

Times Sports Editor

Northview junior-to-be, Zach Hull, is one of a number of Knights who has excelled in the summer baseball season for his travel squad.

Hull has competed for the Indiana Prospects club which recently played in tournaments at the University of Louisville and Purdue University.

At the end of June, the Indiana Prospects competed at the 17-year old Mid-America Baseball Tournament in Louisville on the same field the Cardinals' collegiate team plays on during the spring. Three of the Prospects' five games were played at Patterson Stadium, which features an Astroturf infield and outfield. The Prospects were 2-3 in the tourney against some of the best competition and pitching from around the Midwest.

Hull has picked up right where he left off after hitting .442 during the high school season with the Knights.

The junior has hit close to .400 this season with six doubles, a home run and 10 RBI through the tourney in Louisville.

"Zach has been a solid contributor to the Indiana Prospects team, and a big part of our success so far this summer," Hull's Indiana Prospect coach, Terry Lasch commented. "He is leading our team in doubles, and near the top in average, slugging percentage and on base percentage. His bat has helped lead our team to many victories, hitting primarily out of the 4, 5 or 6 spots. Those are the guys I expect to drive in our runs and he has done that well all summer."

Last weekend, Hull got a chance to show his skills off at Purdue University in front of scouts from the Big 10, along with Nebraska and Arizona State, amongst others.

Hull went 7-of-12 at the plate with a pair of triples, a double and four singles.

"Zach's glove work has been excellent at first base. He has also filled in at third base on occasion and even thrown a few innings for our team," Lasch said. "I expect Zach will have a large impact in our success at our final two tournaments of the season - the WWBA 16U National Championships in East Cobb, Ga. (July 13-19) and the Sycamore Invitational (July 23-25) being played at Rose Hulman and Indiana State University."

Hull commented that he's looking forward to playing at the newly renovated Bob Warn Stadium on Indiana State's campus. "The stadium is nice and I've gotten a lot of great baseball instruction from the ISU coaching staff starting back when I began playing baseball," Hull said.