Josh Hassell, a 2013 graduate of Tulsa’s Bishop Kelley High School and a junior outfielder for the Holy Cross Crusaders in Worcester, Mass., was named the GoHolyCross.com Crusader of the Week for competition from April 25-May 1. Hassell helped lead the Holy Cross baseball team to a 3-2 record in five games that week.
Over the course of the five games, Hassell went five-for-14 with two doubles, a triple, a home run and six runs batted in. During a 2-0 victory over Lafayette, he drove in both of the Crusaders’ runs with a double in the second inning. Then in the next game, a 10-9 win over the Leopards, Hassell hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to tie the score at 9-9. He also came up big in a 6-5 victory over Lafayette, with a two-run single in the sixth inning to put Holy Cross up 4-2.
In mid-May, Hassell was batting .257 with six doubles, eight home runs, 25 runs scored and 26 runs batted in. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he owns a .247 batting average with 11 doubles, 11 home runs, 55 runs scored and 47 runs batted in.
Prior to his graduation from Bishop Kelley, Hassell says he had many great coaches, including Rick Wrona and Joe Lynch.
Hassell, who is majoring in mathematics, is the son of Tulsans Jeff and Michelle Hassell. He says his favorite major league team is the Boston Red Sox, with Fenway Park his favorite stadium.
He adds that his biggest fan is his mom, Michelle.