New Palestine senior Zach Lovell has committed to play baseball at Franklin College.
Lovell is a senior right-handed pitcher for the Dragons. He has emerged this year as the team’s No. 1 starter, and has gone 7-1 with a 1.13 ERA in 2016, striking out 56 batters in 43 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting just .146 off him this year.
In two seasons, he is 12-5 with a 2.16 ERA.
At the plate, Lovell is hitting .290 this season, often playing first base for the Dragons. He has been a part of a Hoosier Heritage Conference championship team and a regional finalist in his two years of varsity baseball, playing for head coach Shawn Lyons.
He will head to Franklin, an NCAA Div. III program that competes in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Grizzlies are coached by veteran mentor Lance Marshall.
Zach is the son of Pam Lovell and the late Jerry Lovell. He is the third Lovell sibling to play baseball for the Dragons – joining older brothers Jay and Vincent Lovell.