Time now to meet the ninth member of our 12-man All Scholastic Sports Team. This week we head to Southeast Lauderdale where we introduce you to a student who excels on the diamond and in the classroom but who has found a higher calling which takes priority over all.
He may have good grades and an outstanding arm but Southeast Lauderdale standout Blake McMullen is far more than a scholar athlete. When he's not in a classroom or on a field, McMullen is preaching at rehabilitation clinics.
Blake McMullen, Pitcher - Southeast Lauderdale: "I just feel like that is the number one thing and I'm thankful for, you know, every talent and every gift that he's given me to be able to, to play but you know, just ever since I was about 16, you know, my passion to preach and to spread the good message has been increasing everyday."
Since preaching is number one, baseball is a close number two. Before the season started, McMullen was named to the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American Team. He was also named to ESPN's High School All-State Baseball Team. Just two weeks ago, McMullen and teammate Ledarius Clark combined for a no-hitter against Wayne County.
Shay Cooper, Head Coach - Southeast Lauderdale Baseball: "Ain't no doubt he stands out. He stands out on the mound for us as well as, you know, he's one of our better hitters and a great defensive player. He's going... If he so chooses he'll have opportunities to play at the next level."
McMullen's academics can also take him to the next level. He's fourth in his class with a 4.18 GPA. He's the Tigers Fellowship of Christian Athletes group leader along with being a member of the BETA Club.
Jan Smith, Assistant Principal - Southeast Lauderdale: "We have a lot of great students here at Southeast but he stands out among all of our students as one of the very best. He is a strong student, strong in his faith, a student of character and integrity."
Once this season is over, McMullen will put his bat down to follow his calling, even if he doesn't understand it.
Blake McMullen, Pitcher - Southeast Lauderdale: "Baseball would not interfere with anything that I have going on, you know, there's an open lane for me to take that route but at the same time, you know, I just have to, I have to follow what the Lord has called me to do. Like I said earlier, I don't always understand it. I don't always like it."
McMullen plans on attending Meridian Community College this fall. He'll then get his degree from Liberty University online and once he's done, he hopes to go to a seminary to get his masters.