Sewell plays key role for W-M baseball team

By: 
Theo Tate

Wellsville-Middletown senior Bekah Sewell connects at a pitch against the Leeton Bulldogs in a Class 1 state quarterfinal game on May 26 at Leeton High School. Sewell was the only girl on the W-M roster this year. THEO TATE PHOTO

Bekah Sewell will never forget the Class 1, District 12 championship game against Community R-6 on May 19 at Southern Boone High School.

The Wellsville-Middletown senior not only helped her team win the district title, but she also had her first and only hit of the season. With two outs in the top of the sixth, Sewell smacked a two-run double to left field to increase the Tigers’ lead to 12-6. W-M went on to win 14-6.

“That was the first big hit of my year,” Sewell said. “That has never happened and I’m really proud of myself. It was a real big shocker for me and for everyone else on the team. You could really hear the excitement from all of the fans as I stepped on second base.”

A week later, Sewell’s final baseball season ended on a heartbreaking note as the Tigers lost to Leeton 9-8 in nine innings in a Class 1 state quarterfinal game at Leeton High School. She drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the fourth of that contest.

Still, Sewell enjoyed the experience of playing with the W-M baseball team in her senior year. She helped the Tigers finish 11-10, their third consecutive winning season.

“It’s really amazing being a part of the team and seeing the energy that all of us have and never giving up,” Sewell said. “What you’ll see on this team specifically is our team won’t give up, even after we get down.”

Sewell was part of a senior class that included Clayton Ebers, Jared Brinegar, Layton Maskey, Jacob Hollensteiner, Wyatt Cassidy and manager Kennedy Rentfro.

“We had a lot of seniors this year,” W-M coach Brandon Moeller said. “Honestly, I’m glad they got to play this year. They had last year taken away from them because of the pandemic. I think just for them to come out and do one last thing with their school friends for their community, I’m very grateful they got to do that. They’re all bright kids. They’re all going to be super successful once they leave W-M R-1. I just hope they keep in touch with me.”

Sewell, who played second base, was the only girl on this year’s W-M baseball team. She joined the squad this spring after her softball season was cancelled last fall due to low numbers.

“I was really upset that I didn’t get to have a softball season, but at least I was able to play on the baseball team,” Sewell said.

Sewell, who plans to attend the Kansas City Art Institute next year, said she was thrilled to be part of a district championship team. The Tigers won their third district crown in program history.

“Winning districts was really amazing,” Sewell said.

In the district title game, the Tigers had their lead cut to 8-6 before adding four runs in the top of the sixth, including Sewell’s big two-run double. Moeller said he was happy Sewell got her first hit of the season in districts.

“That was the hit that won the game,” Moeller said. “I know we were already up and we already had the lead, but from a mental standpoint, for her to get that two-out double and drive in two runs, I think it mentally deflated them a little bit and it gave us a great lift. I told her after the game that you won the game for us. That was such a clutch hit.”

Moeller, who wrapped up his first season as W-M coach, said he was impressed with the way Sewell played all season long.

“She’s a player,” he said. “It’s a testament to her with all of the hard work she puts in. She comes in every day just like everybody else. She takes ground balls off the body. She doesn’t shy away from that. She’s a baseball player.”

 

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