In the end, Cody Hall wanted to continue his career at a place where he could compete.
He found that place at Lincoln Trail.
The Harrisburg High School senior gave a verbal commitment to the junior college in Robinson where the slick fielding infielder will play baseball next fall.
The process started when Harrisburg played Teutopolis in the Sectional at Robinson, where head coach Kevin Bowers got a look at Hall, and immediately saw what he liked.
"The thing that he saw that he really liked was when I laid down a bunt. He timed me at 3.8 down the line. From there, he started watching me all summer," Hall said.
Hall added that he expressed his interest to Bowers in wanting to go to a place where he could compete for a starting spot, as opposed to a situation where he would have to go and sit.
Hall made an official visit to Lincoln Trail in September, where he was offered a full ride scholarship, but was told he would have till November to make up his mind.
Hall took full advantage of his time as he mulled over the possibilities of attending schools like Kaskaskia, Rend Lake and Southeastern Illinois Community College.
Of those schools, only Rend Lake and SIC were offering full offers.
"I called (Bowers) on the 31st and told him that Lincoln Trail would be the best fit for me," Hall said. "(Bowers') reaction was that he was excited, if not as excited as I was, so that was cool."
Last season, Hall hit .466 with a slugging percentage of .517 and an on base percentage of .560.
He appeared in 38 games for the Bulldogs and had 116 at bats, scoring 52 runs and hitting 49 singles. He had four doubles and one triple, while driving in 21 runs. Hall struck out just nine times, while walking 17 and finished with 28 stolen bases.
As a pitcher for Harrisburg, Hall went 5-1 with two saves and pitched 43.33 innings as he finished with an ERA of 1.78 and gave up 11 earned runs.
Hall joins teammate Ryne Roper as two Bulldogs this year that will continue playing baseball at the next level. Roper plans to attend the Univeristy of Illinois where he will join brother and former Bulldog standout Reid Roper.
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