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Hunter Wells inks contract with Windy City Thunderbolts

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
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Hunter Wells, one of the most prolific hitters in Louisiana Tech history, signed a minor league contract.

After earning four All-America honors in his final season as a Bulldog, former Louisiana Tech third baseman Hunter Wells signed with the Frontier League’s Windy City Thunderbolts on Thursday.

Wells, who set the all-time Bulldog hits record in 2021, will sport the No. 20 jersey for the Thunderbolts in the 16-team league. The Frontier League was formed in 1993 and is the oldest-running independent baseball league in the United States.

The longtime Bulldog third baseman finished his Tech career with a .346 batting average, 169 runs scored, 279 hits, 47 doubles, 10 triples, 21 home runs, 136 RBI and 98 walks. He remains the first and only Bulldog to hit for the cycle in program history.?“Hunter is one of the best hitters I’ve ever coached,” head coach Lane Burroughs said. “His bat-to-ball skills are elite, and he consistently proved he could compete at the highest level throughout his time at Louisiana Tech.

“He capped off his time here with a sensational season with multiple well-deserved All-America honors. We couldn’t be prouder of Hunter, and he will go down as one of the best to ever play here at Louisiana Tech.”

In addition to his four All-America honors in 2021, Wells also earned First Team All-Conference USA honors, South-ABCA/ Rawlings All-Region First Team honors and Ruston NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team honors.

The Katy, Texas native tied a single-game program record with nine RBI in a game to open the Ruston NCAA Regional, going 4-for-5 with two home runs, two doubles and four runs scored in an 18-2 win over Rider.