Hunter Gladish knows where he’s headed now that high school is over.
The recent Frontier graduate will soon begin pursuit of a career in either physical therapy or dentistry. But between studies and working, Gladish doesn’t see time for baseball.
So the Falcons standout will end his baseball career this summer, with Remington Post 280 and while representing the North in the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star series this weekend.
“I’m always going to love baseball, and I’ll always stay connected with it in some way,” said Gladish, who said he passed on a scholarship offer from Parkland College. “I don’t think I’ll regret it. I’ve had plenty of people on my side of the family — uncles and dads and friends and friends’ dads — say ‘You’ll regret it’ and all that.
“I’ll miss it, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think I’ll regret it. It’s the best thing for me to do for the next step in my life.”
Gladish is one of six area players taking part in this weekend’s series at Wabash College’s Goodrich Ballpark in Crawfordsville. McCutcheon’s Justin Curry, Central Catholic’s Andrew Hubertz, Lafayette Jeff’s Peter Ripke and Tri-County’s Riley Benner will also play for the North. Crawfordsville’s Jordan Jackson plays for the South.
The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday and one wood-bat game on Sunday.
Gladish starred on both sides of the plate while helping Frontier spend most of the past season ranked No. 1 in Class A. On the mound, he went 9-1 with three saves, a 0.73 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 662⁄3innings, and he expects to focus on pitching this weekend.
He’ll face his toughest lineup this weekend against the South.
“I have to focus,” Gladish said. “For me, it’s just taking every one of them as they’re the best one out there, and going after them and not letting up at all.”
The other four area North All-Stars also split time between the mound and the field this season.
Jeff’s Ripke, who will play at Vincennes University, is listed as a middle infielder after batting .296 with six home runs and 28 RBIs. Benner, bound for St. Joseph’s College, batted .614 and tied the state record with 12 triples as a third baseman for Tri-County.
McCutcheon pitcher Justin Curry bounced back from injury and closed the season strong, compiling a 5-1 record, 0.58 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 36 innings.
“I want to go down there and show people what I can do,” said Curry, who will compete for Heartland Community College in Bloomington, Ill., next year. “I think I can be successful down there. Hopefully, my arm feels good, which it has been.”
Hubertz led Central Catholic to its fifth straight Class A state championship as a starting pitcher and third baseman. The future Indiana Wesleyan player, who is listed as a flex player on the North roster, batted .311 with 28 RBIs and also went 7-0 with three saves and a 1.43 ERA.
Jackson, who will play at Wright State, batted .366 with 34 runs and 32 RBIs as a senior and will play in front of an Athenians home crowd.