Elkhart Central pitcher Tanner Tully is a man of few words. And many strikeouts.
"I think he's the best pitcher in this area," Blazers coach Steve Stutzman said. "For sure."
In fact, Tully is one of the top pitchers in the Midwest.
"(I) just try to ignore it," Tully said of all the hype surrounding him. "Let people talk."
Tully himself doesn't talk much. But his pitching says all you need to know.
"I just love watching him pitch. He's got such an air about him. You know, he hasn't lost in 16 games," Stutzman said. "He's thrown in the upper 80s. He can check out at 88, and he's got a pretty nice curveball."
College coaches and pro scouts have taken notice. Tully will likely be a high pick in the 2013 baseball draft, but he plans on going to college. He'll have his pick of some good ones. Michigan State has been to two of his games in the past two weeks, and Indiana, Louisville, Western Michigan and Ball State are all pushing hard too.
"It's been fun," Tully said.
But Tully dreams about the future about as much as he talks.
"Sometimes," he said. "Not really though. I try to keep it off my mind."
Instead, his mind is focused on just getting that next out. Even better if it's a strikeout.