Cody Hall can never be accused of not paying attention.
The Harrisburg High School senior has been an astute observer of those around him and in time hopes to follow in their footsteps.
The first step for Hall will be continuing his baseball playing career at Lincoln Trail College where he signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Statesmen.
Hall joins other baseball players at Harrisburg like Ryne Roper (Illinois) and Justin Younger (Southeastern Illinois College) to continue their careers at the next level.
Hall's brother, Kyle, that played at Shawnee and Mid-Continent is one that Cody has looked up to — as well as his parents — Tim and Dorris.
Hall will look to utilize his experiences from here on out in order to follow in the footsteps of his family.
"He has been a great role model to me and I am proud of him and it will be pretty interesting this spring when he will be coaching in Eldorado and in the other dugout across the field," Cody said of his brother Kyle. "I get batting left-handed and throwing right from my grandfather who played for the Cleveland Indians Organization. He has taught me a lot about the game. My mom and dad have helped me a lot through the years taking me to games and helping me through school. It's all such a blessing and I'm thankful to have such great people behind me."
Hall plans on majoring in elementary education and later becoming a baseball coach. Hall's mother, Dorris, works at Harrisburg East Side School has influenced Hall to peruse teaching.
"I am around kids when I am there and I also work with kids trying to improve their baseball skills. I just want to be able to pass some things on from what my coaches have taught me," Hall said.
Hall believes that Lincoln Trail is a good fit from the standpoint that he's getting a good education while honing his skills at a two-year school.
" It's nice, I can stay in the state and get a good education and still be able to play baseball," he said. "It'll be great to meet new people and get to play with good ball players and it's nice that I will be able to come home on the weekends. For me, it's mostly focusing on getting an education and baseball. Friends and family will be able to come watch the games since it's only a couple hour drive which isn't bad."
Hall, who gained All-South status his junior year, is looking to improve on the aspect of getting faster and stronger.
"I know I need to improve on my fielding, throwing, and hitting parts of the game. I have been playing with college players since I was a sophomore and I think that has helped me get use to the college pitching and just all around talent that it takes to become a better baseball player."
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