By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Tyler Hail started out his senior baseball season with a bang, tossing a no-hitter in Pulaski County’s season-opener of 2013.
The summer months have been just as good to Hail, as he recently scholarship to play baseball for the Bearcats at Brescia University. Brescia is an NAIA level school and plays in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Hail began filling out questionnaires at various colleges. The time spent filling out those questionnaires paid off, as he’ll spend his next four years at the college located in Owensboro.
“It all started when I began filling out questionnaires for various colleges,” began Hail, who will major in physical therapy. “Their coach contacted me and asked me to come try out. I had already been accepted and given a scholarship for my grades. It’s a really nice campus.”
Hail is extremely grateful to be able to play the game of baseball and wanted to thank a lot of people, including God, his family, and his coaches and teammates at Pulaski.
“I just want to thank the good Lord for allowing me to play baseball,” continued Hail. “I want to thank my family for all they’ve done for me. I want to thank my coaches and my teammates here at Pulaski.”
Pulaski Maroons head coach Danny Masten is excited that Hail gets to do something that a lot of people don’t get the opportunity to do, which is play college baseball.
“I got really excited for Tyler when I found out that he had an opportunity to go to Brescia and play baseball,” began Masten, who coach Hail for the past two seasons. “Every kid’s dream growing up is to play college baseball, and Tyler gets to live out that dream and get an education, as well. I wish him the best of luck as the next level.”
In his senior campaign, Hail went 6-2 in eight starts for the Maroons. The Brescia signee, who pitched 40.87 innings, had 18 strikeouts and an earned run average (ERA) of 3.81. In the outfield, Hail committed just one error all-year long.
Hail, who was a member of the Maroons baseball team all four years of high school, enjoyed his time at Pulaski.
“I had a really good four-year career here at Pulaski,” Hail concluded. “I took (Advanced Placement) classes and got my ACT score high enough to where I could go to college.”
Masten was glad that he the opportunity to coach Hail in his first two seasons as the Maroon baseball skipper.
“I only had the opportunity to coach Tyler for two years, but most of that was his varsity career here at Pulaski,” Masten said. “Tyler pitched for us, played in the outfield, and played some at first base. He really stepped up for this year, beginning the season with a no-hitter. When a fly ball was hit to him in the outfield, I knew he was going to catch it.”