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Willmar Stingers recently-signed pitcher killed in accident

WILLMAR -- Zach Hull, 20, who recently signed a contract to play for the Willmar Stingers in the summer college baseball Northwoods League, was killed early Thursday morning in Lewiston, Idaho, when the truck he was driving went over an embankment.

According to the Lewiston Police Department, Hull was driving a 2003 Dodge pickup westbound around 2:15 a.m. when the vehicle went through a stop sign and headed over an embankment. The pickup went airborne before coming to rest on its top. Hull was pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger in the vehicle, 21-year-old Brock Jessup, of Nampa, Idaho, was treated for minor injuries and released from a local hospital. Both Hull and Jessup were pitchers for Lewis and Clark State College.

The accident remains under investigation.

Hull, a 6-foot-3 left-hander from Moscow, Idaho, was a sophomore at Lewis and Clark in Lewiston. He was 3-0 this spring and had not allowed an earned run 17.1 innings, while striking out 10. Opponents were hitting just .191 off him.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Zach's family, friends and teammates,"said Willmar Stingers co-owner Ryan Voz. "Even though he never had the opportunity to experience Willmar and be a part of the Stingers, we'll always consider him a part of the team family."

Brock Jessup, a junior pitcher for Lewis and Clark, was a passenger in the vehicle. He suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital.

Hull had just pitched two days earlier, giving up four hits and no runs while striking out four in six innings in a 13-5 win over St. Martin's.

He missed most of his freshman season with injuries, but did appear in four games late in the season, including two starts. He was the only freshman on the pitching staff to see mound duty. He went 1-0 with a 1.26 ERA, striking out 15 batters in 14.1 innings.

"The Willmar Stingers organization is deeply saddened by the death of Zach Hull," said Stingers co-owner Marc Jerzak. "Zach was an aspiring young student/athlete with limitless potential and our heart goes out to his family, friends, teammates and the Lewis and Clark's baseball program."

Hull graduated from Moscow High School in 2009 where he was a three-sport athlete. He was a pitcher/first baseman in baseball, earning three letters. He was a captain his junior and senior year and led his team to the Idaho Class AAAA state tournament. In the opening game, he pitched a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts and hit a solo home run for the only run in a 1-0 win over Pocatello. The team finished second at state and Hull capped his senior year with a 6-1 record.

He was also the quarterback on the football team and lettered three times. As a captain his senior year, he earned all-Inland Empire League honors. He was also a two-year starting center in basketball.

According to an obituary in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Hull's No. 1 passion was baseball. He was majoring in kinesiology at Lewis and Clark.

Hull is survived by his parents, Chuck and Tamara Hull; and his sister, Madalynn Hull of Moscow.

The memorial service for Hull will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the LCSC Activity Center.