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Hayesville's Wall shines on big stages

5:36 PM, Jul. 18, 2012 EDT

Zach Wall


Zach Wall did not feel the need to prove anything to anyone, least of all himself.

Nevertheless, the Hayesville rising senior is showing this summer that the big numbers that have made him a two-time Big Smoky Mountain Conference Player of the Year in baseball are legitimate and then some.

Wall has been selected to play in the Triple Crown U.S. Baseball Championships on July 23 in Richmond, Va.

The all-star game will be nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network channel.

Wall has also been named to the all-tournament teams for the World Wood Bat Association's 17 and 18 and under national events this month in Marietta, Ga.

"It's exciting stuff," said Wall, who is an infielder and pitcher.

"The chance to represent Hayesville and play against some of the best kids around means a lot to me and my coaches. I've never had the opportunity to do something like play on TV. It's a little nerve-racking for me, but I have to treat it like just another game."

As a junior, Wall batted .594 for the BSMC champion Yellow Jackets (21-2) with 38 RBIs and 12 home runs.

He was also 10-0 as a pitcher with a 0.67 earned-run average and 60 strikeouts, which earned Wall the BSMC Pitcher of the Year award.

"Good things happen to good people," Yellow Jackets coach Jeff Vardo said.

"Zach Wall is a special type of kid, a very hard-working kid. As a coach, you sometimes pontificate and try and tell your kids what they need to do to reach the next level. He's embraced those ideals and it's really paying some dividends."

Wall is playing this summer for the Game Ready Cavaliers, who are based out of Georgia.

Vardo said that Wall's interest from colleges "is growing leaps and bounds" in the process, though Wall is still waiting on his first scholarship offer.

Wall's athleticism does not end on the baseball diamond.

Wall is also a former All-SMC football selection who will return to quarterback this season for the Yellow Jackets.

Hayesville is in the process of becoming the 13th Western North Carolina high school to install an artificial turf field. And new coach Ernie Hughes has been on board since late-January.

"We've got a lot of people working hard and it feels like there is a lot more dedication (than in the past)," Wall said.

"It's tough to balance baseball and football sometimes. I try to hit when I can during football season. It's tough, but you just have to do what you have to."




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