Zack Thompson and Hayden Castor finished the 2015 high school baseball season where they started it: amongst the nation’s best.
The Wapahani duo was on the Louisville Slugger Preseason High School All-American Team, and the rising seniors found out earlier this summer that they were Louisville Slugger High School All-Americans. Wapahani coach Brian Dudley received the certificates in the mail last week.
“It’s kind of surreal,” Castor said. “Growing up, you never think that’s something that’s going to happen. You always hear about the guys like that, but you just strive to be the best and whatever happens, happens.”
Thompson was a first-team pitcher, going 6-0 with a 0.49 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings. Castor, a shortstop, hit .402 with two home runs and 29 RBI to make the second team.
“Both were on the preseason All-American team and lived up to the hype, which is a tribute to their season they had,” Dudley said.
The only other player from Indiana on the squad was Indianapolis Cathedral’s Ashe Russell.
Coming off a state championship in 2014, the Raiders (17-11) bowed out in the sectional in 2015. Part of the reason they weren’t able to make the same run was not having the left-handed Thompson available. The Kentucky commit missed several starts at the end of the season with arm trouble.
Thompson just finished his travel season, and he also plans on playing fall baseball. He said he had pretty close to a normal workload the last few weeks.
“I don’t know if it’s 100 percent now,” Thompson said, “but it will be by next spring and that’s all that matters.”
Castor spent the summer playing travel ball, as well. He said it was his first time playing with a team that went across the country to places like New Jersey and Washington, D.C. The objective was to boost his college stock, which Dudley said should be on the rise considering Castor is a 6-foot-3 shortstop and possesses the tools that college coaches look for.
“This summer was big,” Castor said. “A lot of guys that I know who have played college baseball, they told me that this summer is very important in the recruiting process.”
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