Former Pulaski County High School softball standout Riley Hull was named to the MaxPreps 2021 All-American Softball Team. Hull, who was the only Kentucky High School softball player named to the All-American Team, was an All-American second team selection as a catcher.
Last month, Hull was named the Kentucky Gatorade Softball Player of the Year for the second straight time. Through Gatorade’s cause marketing platform “Play it Forward,” Hull has the opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of their choosing. Although she had never played in the league, Hull donated her $1,000 to the local Lake Cumberland Cal Ripken (baseball and softball) League.
Hull had a county best .615 batting average. Hull drove in 50 runs, scored 53 runs and hit eight home runs. Hull hit 23 doubles and had three triples. Hull made her third straight Commonwealth Journal All-County Softball Team and was named the Commonwealth Journal Player of the Year for the past two seasons.
Hull was named to the Kentucky Softball All-State Team for the third straight season. This past season, Hull was named first team All-State by the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association.
In the 2020 pandemic canceled high school softball season, Hull was awarded by Extra Inning Softball as one of the top players in America. Weeks before the start of the 2020 softball season was to start, Hull was named the top softball player in the state of Kentucky by MaxPreps.com.
In June of 2019, Riley Hull won the coveted Johnny Bench Award, as the top high school softball catcher in the state of Kentucky.
Hull will play her collegiate softball at Mississippi State University.
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