On Saturday at Victory Field, Elkhart Central senior Tanner Tully put on a performance that no Hollywood script writer would dare write. Because its almost not believable.
"I'm not sure he need us out there," senior centerfielder Matt Eppers explains. "He hit that home run and then striking all those guys out. He was dealing, just filithy on Saturday."
Tully drove in the game's only run with a leadoff homer. In total, he struck out 13 batters to lead Central to its first ever state baseball championship.
"it was intense and a lot of fun for it to be that close of a game," Tully says looking back.
The celebration for Tully and the Blazers continued Monday night at the high school. Everyone was appreciative of one of the all-time great performances.
"Oh Tanner Tully--he had the game of his life and great timing for the game of his life," says senior 2nd baseman Casey Ianigro. "One of my best friends. I love him to death and he's a hell of a baseball player."
He's a coach's dream too.
"He has not dissapointed me at all in four years," Central head coach Steve Stutsman explains. "Nothing he does on a baseball field surprises me. I guarantee you we will be watching him on TV one of these days."
The next step is Ohio State, where Tully will pitch for the Buckeyes in the Big Ten.
"it will be a great ride," Tully says. "A new chapter to start my life--it will be a lot of fun and a chance to make new friends and stuff."
Quiet and humble but as good as we've ever seen around here.