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Central pitcher Tanner Tully delivers a pitch to the plate during semi state action at Coveleski Stadium in South Bend Saturday, June 8, 2013. The Blazers advance with their 2-1 victory over Lafayette Jefferson. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) ¬ ¬ ¬ (AP)

Elkhart Central senior Tanner Tully is trapped between bases while facing Goshen on Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Phend Field in Goshen. ¬ (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)
Blazers’ Tully is Indiana’s Mr. Baseball
Posted on July 2, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on July 2, 2013 at 6:02 p.m.

ELKHART — Tanner Tully helped Elkhart Central to the IHSAA Class 4A state baseball championship with a home run and 13 strikeouts against Indianapolis Cathedral and now the Ohio State University-bound left-handed pitcher and rightfielder has been recognized as Indiana’s best high school player for 2013.

Hoosier Diamond selected Tully as its Mr. Baseball on Tuesday, July 2.

“It means a lot,” said Tully of the honor. “I’ve worked for a lot of things. And this is just one of them.”

Tully was named all-state for the second time this season (sophomore and senior years) and became a three-time all-Northern Indiana Conference first teamer (he was honorable mention as a freshman). He shared the NIC Player of the Year award in 2013 with teammate Cory Malcom.

During his senior year, Tully posted a 10-1 record on the mound. His earned run average was 0.30 and he fanned 120 batters in 70 innings.

As a lead-off hitter for coach Steve Stutsman’s 32-1 Blue Blazers, Tully batted .495 with 10 home runs, 10 doubles, 30 runs batted in, 47 runs scored, a .595 on-base percentage and an .899 slugging percentage.

Tully, who has played summer baseball at Bristol Little League and for the Rip City Rebels, Michiana Lightning and Indiana Chargers, is with the Indy Mustangs this summer while also working at Champion Manufacturing. He will also participate in the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association North/South All-Star Series July 12-14 at Wabash College in Crawfordsville. Elkhart Christian’s Caleb Stayton and Northridge’s Brock Logan have also been selected.

The IHSBCA also gives its own Mr. Baseball award during the North/South Series.

Tully, who went to Riverview Elementary and Pierre Moran Middle School before attending Central, is scheduled to report to Ohio State on Aug. 16. He plans to major in sports management while pitching and playing the outfielder for coach Greg Beal’s Buckeyes.

“It’s a big honor for Tanner but it shows you what type of team we had,” said Stutsman, who expects Tully to receive the trophy that goes with the Hoosier Diamond honor at Central’s Aug. 7 team banquet. “Without the teammate and the types of players, Tanner wouldn’t be receiving this award.

“This is icing on the cake for our program. Tanner deserves this.”

Mr. Baseball has been awarded in Indiana by Hoosier Diamond since 1992. The previous recipients have been Crown Point’s Chip Pettit (1992), Jasper’s Scott Rolen (1993), Gibson Southern’s Allen Stinkel (1994), DeKalb’s Brad Weber (1995), Center Grove’s A.J. Zapp (1996), Jasper’s Matt Mauck (1997), Aelxandria’s J.D. Closser (1998), Madison’s Bryan Bullington (1999), Carmel’s Jim Brauer (2000), Noblesville’s Wes Whisler (2001), Anderson Highland’s Adam Lind (2002), McCutcheon’s Clayton Richard (2003), Perry Meridian’s Tim LeMasters (2004), Brownsburg’s Lance Lynn (2005), Terre Haute North’s Josh Phegley (2006), Norwell’s Jarrod Parker (2007), Greensburg’s Alex Meyer (2008), Brownsburg’s Tucker Barnhart (2009), Cowan’s Justin O’Conner (2010), Terre Haute South’s A.J. Reed (2011) and Fort Wayne South’s Will Couzen-Carr (2012).