The Washington Times-Herald

Local Sports

July 19, 2013

Bedwell using experience for growth

Washington freshman growing in game

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.”

Text Only
Local Sports
  • SPT-WT-082114-ND TEAM PHOTO New look for the 2014 Cougars ELNORA — The North Daviess Cougar football team will have some big shoes to fill in 2014, and, none will be bigger than replacing the state’s leading rusher Colton Lengacher.However, in spite of Lengacher’s loss to graduation, most believe Coach Scot

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-WT-082114-AMBER TAYLOR PIC WHS downs Pike Central, improves to 2-0 Another match and another win for the Washington volleyball team. The Hatchets (2-0) stayed undefeated by sweeping their opponent with ease. Washington dispatched Pike Central (25-16, 25-16, 25-15) just 24 hours after doing the same to Southridge.Was

    August 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • WC takes down Shoals 8-0 in season-opener SHOALS — On the opening night of the boys soccer season, Washington Catholic looked to be in mid-season form. The Cardinals defeated Shoals 8-0 behind hat trick’s from Blaine Fuhs and Ethan Wichman. “In the first half we played pretty well,” said Was

    August 20, 2014

  • Hatchets cruise to season-opening win A first impression is important in all walks of life, and sports is no different. Washington started the boys soccer season with a dominant performance against Princeton Tuesday night at the Sports Complex. The Hatchets’ 14-0 victory featured a swarm

    August 20, 2014

  • Hatchet preview pic Hatchets ready to rebuild The Washington Hatchets hope that in spite of small numbers, a new offense will help add some wins to the 2014 Hatchets.Washington went 1-9 last season, but added a win against North Knox and played well in the sectional against powerhouse Brownstown

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports Briefs Washington beats SullivanThe Washington boys tennis team started the season with a 5-0 win over Sullivan Monday night. Michael Ramsey (6-2, 6-1), Jacob Overton (6-2, 6-2) and Jayden Bailey (6-4, 6-2) were all victorious in the singles matches. Washin

    August 20, 2014

  • We all lose with the Paul George injury An athlete's time to perform at peak condition is so finite that we often take it for granted. The prime of any athlete's career can be so short that we often don't appreciate what we're seeing, because we assume it will continue for a long time. For

    August 18, 2014

  • Local sports schedule MONDAY 8/18 Tennis Barr-Reeve at Bedford North Lawrence 5 p.m. Edgewood at North Daviess 5 p.m. Sullivan at Washington 5 p.m. Volleyball Loogootee at Paoli 7:30 p.m. TUESDAY 8/19 Tennis Linton at Barr-Reeve 4:30 p.m. North Daviess at Wood Memorial 5

    August 18, 2014

  • Liz Horton Valpo Horton to play in Germany Liz Horton’s first two years on the hardwood for the Valparaiso Crusaders women’s hoops squad were mostly lost to injury. But now, after a successful senior season at Valpo, Horton will have the chance to get those lost seasons back and get paid alon

    August 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-WT-081614-ALEX RUIZ PIC Hatchets, Cardinals ready to get back on the field A year ago, both boys’ soccer teams in Washington played for a sectional championship, and as the 2014 begins, the Hatchets and Cardinals are ready to go. Washington begins another season looking to add to historic boys program, while Washington Cath

    August 16, 2014 2 Photos