Bedwell predominantly played shortstop for Washington during the spring season, but this summer he has moved around, before settling in at second base. Truelove often says he likes to put players in positions they aren’t completely comfortable with to test their ability.
“I’ve always been a player that has been put all over the field. It’s good to see the ball from 2nd base,” Bedwell said. “I prefer to play shortstop, but it’s a good step in playing at another level and that’s what coaches look for.”
The nature of the American Legion with such a large roster, Truelove tries to get everyone into the games to get experience across the board. Truelove says before the season started he told each player he has confidence in them. Bedwell has noticed that fact and it has helped his development.
“Coach Truelove is always there for you,” Bedwell said. “He’s helped with the curve ball and has shown confidence in me and told me not to let the score dictate anything. He told me the summer is the best time to work on things you want to improve. It helps you for your high school career. He’s always a positive guy.”
With 21 games under his belt, Bedwell said confidence will be the key if Washington is to be one of the two teams to advance to the regional. The Freedom hasn’t had a string of games together where the entire roster was present due to family and social obligations throughout the summer. Bedwell said having the roster together as a whole will make a big difference.
“We need to be confident and play like we all played during the season,” Bedwell said. “There for a while when we had the whole team together and really looked like a good baseball team. That’s what we need to do for sectional.”