PREP BASEBALL

Hanover Central's Stum serves up hits with aplomb

2013-04-18T18:45:00Z 2013-04-19T00:47:04Z Hanover Central's Stum serves up hits with aplombHillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

CEDAR LAKE | Each time Dan Stum hits the ball, he collects enough confidence to create that next hit.

A 3-for-3 outing in a Hanover Central loss to Noblesville helped propel him to 3-for-4 production in the next matchup against Hammond Tech.

His 2-for-4 day in a loss to Highland was enough to pump him up for a 3-for-4 feat in a win over Hebron.

"You know what he's got right now? He's got confidence," Hanover Central coach Doug Nelson said.

Stum's confidence has helped him to a .619 average over the Wildcats' first six games of the season.

"He's seeing the ball, he understands what people are throwing at him," Nelson said. "He's got a good approach up there. He's got flat out confidence right now."

Stum, who was third in the lineup two years ago when the Wildcats reached the Class 2A state title game, is hitting fourth, a sweet spot he's happy to be in.

He's tied for second with seven RBIs and tied for first scoring 10 runs.

All of the production this year has come with a caveat: Stum opened the season with an injury.

In his first pitching outing against Homestead, Stum felt a nerve twinge in his throwing arm. It was enough to stop forward momentum and hold him out of the rotation.

"One pitch it was perfectly fine and then I threw a sinker and I felt a sharp pain shoot through my chest," Stum said. "It was a pretty decently strained pectoral muscle."

The pain didn't stop his hitting motion and the Wildcats couldn't do without Stum's bat in the lineup.

He played second base (a first for the senior) and his usual positions of third and shortstop while he underwent rehabilitation and worked out his arm pains.

The rehab worked, and Stum threw a complete game, a 10-1 win over Hebron, on Tuesday.

"(The injury) obviously didn't hurt me too much hitting," Stum said. "I'm in that place that I'm seeing the ball very well, making good contact and if you hit the ball hard, good things will happen."

The confidence Stum is gaining at the plate has translated to his performance on the mound, Nelson said. Stum has five strikeouts and three walks in 11 innings with a 1.67 ERA.

"He walks on the field expecting good things to happen," Nelson said. "He's not the kind of pitcher that throws the ball right by you, and being sporadic as we are right now with games, it's hard to get into a rhythm out there when you're pitching once a week.

"He might not be our No. 1, but he thinks he is, and that confidence is a good thing to have."

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Fan Poll

Loading…

Which local prep soccer semistate qualifier will most likely reach state?

View Results

Follow your school

Duneland Conference

Chesterton Trojans
News
Crown Point Bulldogs
News
Lake Central Indians
News
LaPorte Slicers
News
Merrillville Pirates
News
Michigan City Wolves
News
Portage Indians
News
Valparaiso Vikings
News

Greater South Shore Conference

Bishop Noll Warriors
News
Calumet Warriors
News
Lake Station Eagles
News
Michigan City Marquette Blazers
News
North Newton Spartans
News
River Forest Ingots
News
Wheeler Bearcats
News
Whiting Oilers
News

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

Clark Pioneers
News
Gavit Gladiators
News
Hammond Wildcats
News
Morton Governors
News

Hoosier Conference

Rensselaer Bombers
News

Northwest Crossroads Conference

Andrean 59ers
News
Griffith Panthers
News
Highland Trojans
News
Hobart Brickies
News
Kankakee Valley Kougars
News
Lowell Red Devils
News
Munster Mustangs
News

Northwestern Conference

Lew Wallace Hornets
News
Roosevelt Panthers
News
West Side Cougars
News

Porter County Conference

Boone Grove Wolves
News
Hanover Central Wildcats
News
Hebron Hawks
News
Kouts Mustangs/Fillies
News
LaCrosse Tigers
News
Morgan Twp. Cherokees
News
South Central Satellites
News
Washington Twp. Senators
News
Westville Blackhawks
News

Independents

Bowman Academy Eagles
News
Calumet Christian
News
Campagna Academy
News
Covenant Christian Knights
News
E.C. Central Cardinals
News
Hammond Baptist Swordsman
News
Luther East Eagles
News

Chicago Catholic League

Mt. Carmel Caravan
News
Seton Academy Sting
News
St. Francis deSales Pioneers
News

Chicago Public League

Washington Minutemen/Minutewomen
News

East Suburban Catholic

Marian Catholic Spartans
News

Metro Suburban

Illiana Christian Vikings
News

River Valley Conference

Beecher Bobcats/Ladycats
News
Illinios Lutheran Chargers
News

South Suburban Blue

T.F. North Meteors
News
T.F. South Rebels
News

Southland Athletic Conference

Bloom Twp. Blazin' Trojans
News
Crete-Monee Warriors
News

SouthWest Suburban Blue

Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings
News

SouthWest Suburban Red

Thornridge Falcons
News
Thornton Wildcats
News
Thornwood Thunderbirds
News

Latest Local Offers

Featured Businesses