Cory Malcom would be the most talented player on just about any other team in the state. Just not at Elkhart Central. Pro scouts routinely show up to watch teammate Tanner Tully. But Malcom has been every bit as important to the Blazers success.
"This whole team feeds off Cory," said Central baseball coach Steve Stutsman. "Cory is our emotional leader."
The senior does it all. He's batting .447, is a slick-fielding shortstop and dominant pitcher.
"Make sure I work hard in the conditioning part," said Malcom. "Make sure I lead this team by example."
Malcom, not Tully, leads the team in wins with 9,and he boasts an ERA of 0.73.  "Really like my changeup. Like going through my changeup," Malcom added.
"Number one pitch is his fastball," Stutsman assessed. "He's in the low-90's. That's his best pitch but he's got a curve, slider, change. You name it, he's got it."
And that is just what he does on the field. Off it, Malcom even helps scout the opposition.
"Knowing other teams, mentally preparing for other teams is actually my strong point in baseball," Malcom said. "I like looking at that side of baseball. I can play this all I want but preparing for a game is actually more important than actually playing it."
Next year, Malcom will play at D-1 Arkansas Little Rock. But first he's preparing his guys for two more games, and possibly the first state title in program history.