By ANDY WOLF
Fostoria High School senior Hunter Abell explored all of his options before settling on playing baseball at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea.
“When I visited I was impressed with how nice the campus was, as well as the coaching, facilities and players,” Abell said. “I knew it was the place I wanted to be at this fall.”
He also considered Bluffton University and Tiffin University on his path to becoming one of the Yellow Jackets in the NCAA Division III Ohio Athletic Conference.
Baldwin Wallace is off to a 6-4 start this season, playing several games in the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. Last year’s Yellow Jackets were 27-13 overall and 11-7 in the OAC.
Abell will enroll in the fall with a major in business administration as well as continuing his pursuit of baseball.
“Baseball has always been passion since I was 3,” Abell said. “I started to realize my potential during my sophomore year and that only pushed me to practice harder.”
In between sessions of practicing hard on the field, last summer Abell spent his time off the field sending information about himself to different schools as well as attending prospect camps to be evaluated by college representatives.
Last season, Abell led the Redmen with a .384 batting average and six home runs. He was also second on the team with 23 runs batted in while scoring 19 runs and walking 10 times.
For his efforts, he earned a second-team All-Northern Buckeye Conference selection.
Now entering his senior year, Abell will look to better his numbers while holding down first base for the Redmen.
“My work ethic will help me become successful,” Abell said. “My days are long and I spend a lot of time working, running and lifting.”
Fostoria coach Dustin Smith complimented Abell on his drive to improve himself.
“Anyone that is going to put in the time like Hunter is going to see himself be successful,” Smith said. “He’s a good kid from a good family and takes the necessary time on the field to improve.”
But Abell certainly isn’t just planning on improving himself. He has equal goals of helping the team improve on last year’s 2-20 record.
“One thing I’ve seen in him this year is being a vocal leader,” Smith said. “He’s been quieter in the past years, but now he’s stepping up in the huddle and getting on guys for little things, like wearing team hats.
I’ve wanted him to be a leader, as he’s one of the top hitters in the league.”
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