Williamstown’s Cullen Cutright planning to pitch at Alderson Broaddus

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Williamstown’s Cullen Cutright throws a pitch during a high school baseball sectional tournament game against Parkersburg Catholic Tuesday.

Cullen Cutright

Williamstown High

Year: senior

Age: 18

GPA: 3.8

Favorite subject: history

Sports: baseball, basketball

Hgt.: 6-feet-5 inches

Bats: left

Throws: right

College: Alderson Broaddus University

Major: Exercise Science

Family: Kevin and Marla Cutright (father and mother); Issac Cutright (brother)

Q: Are you thinking about competing at the next level?

A: I’m going to Alderson Broaddus to play baseball. I went to a couple of their camps and had a couple of college visits to A-B. It was really nice. I like both baseball and basketball a lot. I had a couple of schools recruit me for basketball, like Marietta and Waynesburg.

I’m going to pitch (at A-B). Pitching’s my favorite thing about baseball. You have control of the game and control the pace. I like that. You’re always doing something, like…in the outfield the ball’s not always hit to you, but when you pitch, you’re always throwing the ball and getting things started.

Q: When you’re not pitching, where do you play?

A: Outfield, Right field and sometimes center field.

Q: How long have you been playing baseball?

A: (Smiles) Since I was five, real little.

Q: Everything seems to be coming together for you this spring? According to the MOV stats, you lead the Yellowjackets in hitting and pitching wins.

A: (Smiles) It’s nice to have this good of a senior season. Now, that sectionals have started, I know it’s coming to an end, but I just keep playing.

Q: Who’s pitching tonight (Tuesday)?

A: I think I am. (Cutright pitched Williamstown to a 10-2 triumph over Parkersburg Catholic in sectional play.)

Q: How fast is your fastball?

A: I think the fastest I got clocked was 84.

Q: What else do you throw?

A: Curveball and change up.

Q: Do you have a favorite baseball that you rout for?

A: I like the Pittsburgh Pirates. Me and my usually try to go up (to PNC Park) in the summer and watch a couple of games.

Q: Any favorite basketball team?

A: Umm…I like North Carolina. I don’t watch much NBA.

Q: What’s your favorite prep career baseball highlight?

A: (Smiles) Last year in my junior season, I hit my first home run ever. And then I was also pitching and had nine or 10 strikeouts (against Tyler Consolidated). It was a really good game. That’s the one that sticks out in my mind.

Q: Do you have a basketball highlight?

A: Probably when I scored my 1,000th point. I scored it at the LKC (Little Kanawha Conference) NIght of Champions against Braxton County at Glenville State. It was pretty cool experience to do that in front of…in that big of a gym.

Q: What’s you single game high point total?

A: 35-36, I think (against Calhoun County in January of this year)

Q: Have you had quite a few dunks this year?

A: I did. But I can’t remember how many though.

Q: During your career as a student/athlete at Williamstown, who has inspired you?

A: My parents. My dad is always encouraging me to work out in the gym or in the batting cage. My mom’s an elementary school teacher, so she always helps me with school projects and the academic side of things. My parents make sure I have everything ready for games and make sure that I get to places I need to get to on time.

Q: What do you do off the playing fields? Any hobbies?

A: Just hang out with friends. I play ball for Parkersburg Post 15 in the summer.

Q: When do you graduate?

A: May 27. This (week) is our last week of school for the seniors.

Q: Maybe you’ll still be playing baseball down in Charleston then?

A: That would be really nice. I’ve never made it to the state tournament for baseball. But this past basketball season, we made it to the state tournament and lost in the first round to Wheeling Central. It would be pretty cool in my senior year to make it to both state tournaments.

Ron Johnston, rjohnston@mariettatimes.com