Jake Bedwell has played just one year of varsity baseball at Washington and one season with the Washington Freedom, all before the beginning of his sophomore year of high school, and he knows his best baseball is ahead of him.
Bedwell has used his experiences from the spring and now the summer to continue to improve every day and the results are beginning to take shape.
As the starting second basemen and seventh place hitter has seen Bedwell drop to the bottom of the lineup after hitting near the top during the spring baseball season for coach Steve Reed and the Washington Hatchets. The switch in lineup order has helped Bedwell be productive against high-level pitching.
While Bedwell’s hitting has come along steadily, Bedwell’s pitching has been a source of pride this summer while he has added a curve ball to his arsenal — a goal of his entering the American Legion schedule.
“I’ve improved very well the most improvement has been on the mound,” Bedwell said. “I had the best outing of the year, developing the curve ball has been my goal and that has shown up. I’m very proud of how I’ve progressed.”
Bedwell said he was most impressed with the movement on his curve ball during Wednesday’s 22-5 loss at Jasper. The final score was lopsided, but Bedwell insisted his progress was evident before he left the game after three innings with Washington trailing 6-4.
Bedwell had a .316 batting average, .398 on-base percentage with 16 RBIs and on the mound he compiled a 2-4 record with a 5.59 ERA to go along with 24 strikeouts in 36 1-3 innings pitched. Washington Freedom coach Jeff Truelove said from day one he has noticed Bedwell’s commitment to his craft.
“He’s a quick learner,” said Truelove. “He’s very coachable; he takes what you want to give him and he puts it to work. Playing American Legion ball isn’t going to do anything but make him better. Here of late, he’s played really well. He had two hits Monday at Jasper and hit one off the fence.”