BRYANT – Former Bryant Hornet Josh Pultro signed to play baseball for NCAA Division II member University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Signed as a first baseman/outfielder, Bryant Coach Kirk Bock was confident the Lions will be happy with their choice.
“They’re going to get a good one,” Bock said. “He’s going to be able to hit at that level. He’s a very good outfielder. This year, he had to move to first base, picked it up real easy and did a tremendous job for us. They’re going to have a utility player there.”
For the 25-7, state-title winning Hornets, Pultro hit .360 for the season with 26 runs and 16 RBIs. Pultro began the year on an 11-game hitting streak and ended the season on a six-game hitting streak, including going 4 for 7 with five runs and three RBIs in the three-game State Tournament. Pultro also reached base getting hit by a pitch 10 times and walked 12 times for a .475 on-base percentage. He was 6 of 7 in stolen bases.
“When he came here, he was just a little bitty kid,” Bock said. “We knew he was going to be pretty good in the outfield as a freshman. Last year, he really took off for us in the outfield, and this year, he came back and got so much bigger and stronger. He really helped us offensively. He’s a good enough athlete where we could move him around a little bit.”
Pultro said he plans to be used more as an outfielder as he feels more comfortable playing any of the three outfield positions. Though he will be a freshman, Pultro doesn’t see redshirting in his future.
“I don’t plan on redshirting,” Pultro said. “Probably not much [playing time] the first year because I’ll be a freshman, but I’m still going to work as hard as I can and try to play.
“It’s a good school, good baseball team and it’s a good location.”
UAFS went 29-22 overall and 19-16 as a member of the Heartland Conference. The Lions were fourth out of seven teams in the conference.
Pultro said he plans to major in business administration and that he also considered Missouri Southern State in Joplin, Mo., but decided he wanted to stay in-state.