It’s not the sort of title you expect to see pegged on a high school sophomore. Usually this kind of distinction is reserved for upperclassmen, mainly seniors. But with all Zach Thompson managed to accomplish in just his sophomore season, he’ll get to add an extra title to his already strong résumé.
The young Wapahani hurler was named to the 2014 Louisville Slugger High School All-American First Team as a multi-position athlete for his work on the mound and at first base. The group included 29 players taken in the first two rounds (plus competitive balance picks) of the Major League Baseball draft.
Thompson just finished carving out a dominant first season as a full-time starter, leading the Raiders to their first ever state championship with a shutout in the title-game win against Evansville Mater Dei. He finished the season at 13-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 87 innings (12.2 strikeouts per seven innings).
His performance hardly dipped in the postseason, when he won five of the team’s seven games, coming one out short of five complete games. He allowed only one earned run over that stretch, with 60 strikeouts and 14 hits allowed.
At the plate, Thompson led the team with seven home runs, tied for the team lead with 32 RBIs and hit .354. The lefthander has already received interest from Indiana and Purdue.