By DOUG EADS
Pulaski County sophomore catcher Riley Hull got more than her fair share of headlines in 2018 due to her play on the softball diamond as a freshman, and they were all very much well deserved.
After all, Hull garnered All-State, All-Region, and All-District awards due to her play for Pulaski County in 2018, bursting on the scene inside the 12th Region and taking the field by storm.
Hull had a monster freshman season last year for coach Brad Gover and Pulaski County, with a batting average for the year of .520, an on-base percentage of .571, and a slugging percentage of .735. She also recorded 20 doubles on the season, in helping lead the Lady Maroons to a 23-10 record and a 47th District championship.
With the 2019 season still almost two months away, the hits just keep coming in for the Lady Maroons catcher and Mississippi State commit.
Recently, Hull was ranked as one of the top 100 players in the Class of 2021 by Extra Innings Softball, coming in with a ranking of number 85 nationally.
As far as coach Brad Gover is concerned, the Lady Maroon skipper told The Doug Out that Hull’s national ranking is very well deserved for his prize sophomore catcher.
“Riley is one of the most dynamic players that I have seen in the sport,” pointed out Gover.
“She’s just got an unbelievable knack for the game, and she’s one those once in a lifetime players that you get in a program,” continued the Pulaski County head coach. “There’s a lot of programs that never get a player like a Riley Hull. I am extremely fortunate to get to coach her, and watch her grow as a player.”
For Pulaski County, the Lady Maroons will come into the 2019 season as a legitimate district and regional contender. Gover has a young, but talented club on paper, and it all begins with a kid that has already committed to playing her collegiate softball in the rugged Southeastern Conference for Mississippi State.
“I just sit back and watch some of the things that she does, and I truly believe she’s just scratching the surface of her potential,” stated Gover.
“The work that she puts in is amazing, and she’s one of those players that you don’t have to tell to get it and put in the reps,” continued the Pulaski County coach. “She’s a blessing to have at Pulaski County High School, she’s a great teammate, and she’s a great friend to every girl in the program. She’s very respectful and an humble young lady. The future is very bright for Riley Hull, and the sky is the limit for her.”
Indeed, the sky is the limit for a terrific softball player that still has three more years at the high school level, before she takes her talents to the SEC.
And, Pulaski County and Brad Gover is very lucky to have her in the program, and no one knows that better than the Lady Maroons head coach.
Riley Hull is truly a one of a kind player, and the ranking she garnered from Extra Innings Softball backs that up.