"I was practicing it in BP (batting practice) one day and Coach Harper noticed I could do it as fast as anybody else," Null said. "He put me there for one game and I excelled at it so, from there, it just continued."
Harper isn't taking credit for Null's ability to shift and pivot as a left-hander in the busiest infield position.
"I didn't make him a left-handed shortstop," Harper said. "He sets up good and he can make the throw. Every year I tell myself, he's not going to play shortstop in college, I'm moving him to the outfield. Every year, I come in here and can't find anybody who can do it as well."
For the season, Null is batting .484 with nine doubles, two home runs, 29 runs and 27 RBI. As a pitcher, he ha a 5-4 record in 67 2/3 innings with 73 strikeouts and 27 walks.
In the two victories over Poca, Null was 5-of-8 with a home run and four RBI.
Null, who will get the starting nod in the Region 4 semifinal on May 21, also got the win in the first sectional game.
Two years ago as a sophomore, Null wrapped up Sissonville's Region 4 semifinal victory over Poca in relief of Ryan Baldwin.'
On Saturday, sophomore J.R. Stricklen relieved junior Eli Mooney, who pitched the first three innings on Friday. Stricklen gave up just two hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
"I knew we could do it all year, but we couldn't hit the ball and couldn't get pumped up for the games," Null said. "We got momentum, so I think we can win as many games as we want to."
Herbert Hoover is the favorite to be Sissonville's opponent in the Region 4 semifinal, which gives Null a chance for redemption against the 2012 state runner-up.
Null had his worst outing of the season against the Huskies on April 4, giving up six earned runs with four strikeouts and five walks in five innings.
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