Centerville's Hoffman a premier talent with signature look stemming from baseball accident

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CENTERVILLE -- Centerville junior pitcher Nick Hoffman is putting up some absurd numbers this season for the Elks.

The Clemson commit is 8-1 in 10 games this season. He's pitched 50.1 innings with 79 strikeouts and an impressive 0.56 ERA.

When he was 12 Hoffman lost a pop fly in the sun and had the ball smash through his sunglasses which then left a significant gash across his right eyebrow.

He now wears clear glasses for protection but also as his own personal style.

It's worked to near perfection so far in his career.

"He started wearing them in eighth grade and that's really when his game started to elevate," Centerville junior Morgan Colopy said.

"That's when he started to become big time."

The glasses seem to have an added

"IThey're like a little mask for me like I'm in my zone when I'm wearing them," Hoffman said.

"Everybody knows when those clear Oakleys go on he's a different beast," Centerville head coach Jason Whited said.

He will get the start Thursday in the District semi-final against Beavercreek.

Then Hoffman will still have one more year at Centerville before he heads off to Clemson on a near full ride scholarship.

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