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Sports Spotlight: Hunter Walsh

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Hunter Walsh's high school baseball season ended before it began.  A broken left wrist suffered during basketball required surgery that kept him out until early June.

"After the injury I learned it's not a right to go play baseball.  Stuff can happen.  Every pitch has to be your last or at least that's how you have to treat it and that's how I'm trying to treat it," says Walsh.

Walsh waited until after the state tournament to have the surgery, but says he doesn't regret finishing out the season.

"Basketball for me, I would do anything to play again.  That sport was so fun for me.  Coach Mattern helped me so much."

In his return to the diamond, Walsh has spent a lot less time catching, which was his primary position a year ago.

"It's the coach's decision. I understand why they aren't putting me back there. State championships are won in July and August. If I can pick up a couple games I'll be happy but I got to do what they tell me to do," says Walsh.

And in the long run, his move from behind the plate should be beneficial.

"This will be really nice when I go to college, because they told me I won't catch every day. They have a really good catcher coming back. Maybe I can play somewhere else, like first base or third base or even as an outfielder. It will be really helpful in the future."

Even though Walsh has adapted to a position on defense, his offense hasn't changed.

"He's kind of the one guy in the line up that has a little bit of power and maybe someone with guys on base the other team might pitch around or if they decide to pitch to him there's a chance you'll have a big inning," says Mike Skytland.

Walsh has been one of the Governors most consistent hitters this summer, and every once in a while, gets reminded of that screw in his left wrist.

"Sometimes when I hit the ball off the end of the bat, I can feel the vibration hit that screw in there and it kind of feels weird and everything kind of moves in there. I know it's ok, because I've done it a couple times but sometimes it kind of feels weird," says Walsh.

That's something else Walsh has gotten used to, just like playing first base. 

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