Wichita State usually wraps up most of its baseball signings in the fall. Spring signings are rare. Occasionally, a player comes along too tempting to pass on. The Shockers are always looking for hitters, and perhaps they found one.
Sam Hall, a corner infielder from Utah, committed to WSU this week and will sign in April. He is a left-handed hitter who hit 11 home runs for Bonneville High in Odgen, batting .425 with a .716 on-base percentage. He trains with former Shocker outfielder Dustin Hawkins, who encouraged WSU coaches to take a look at Hall at their hitting camp.“Dustin answered all my questions,” Hall said. “For me to be the best baseball player, get to the next level and win a College World Series, it’s the place to go.”Hall (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) said he weighed 165 pounds as a sophomore and 195 pounds as a junior.“I’m big into weight lifting,” he said. “I love it. I’m not as big as some guys and I’m from Utah, so I’ve got to work hard.”WSU signed 10 players in the fall: Eastern Oklahoma State pitcher Brandon Bargas, a lefty who played one season at Oklahoma; Moore (Okla.) lefty Kyle Vail; Cowley College utility player Aaron Rea; Maize outfielder Conner Knight; Shawnee Heights utility player Tyler Baker; pitcher A.J. Ladwig of Omaha's Millard West; first baseman Casey Gillaspie of Omaha's Millard North; Lincoln (Neb.) Southeast outfielder Taylor Doggett, Cherokee Trail (Colo.) outfielder Mikel Mucha and St. Louis DeSmet pitcher Kyle Bouman.