Zech Wesley feels like he is a team player on the Brownstown Central baseball roster this spring, and he tries to contribute any way he can.

“If I can get some playing time that will be good,” Wesley said. “I just want to contribute to help my team win. I don’t care if I’m at outfield or third base.

“I like helping people get better, and being a good teammate. It shows how you can become a good person and all that.”

At the plate, Wesley prefers low pitches.

“I like pitches around my hips or my knees because that is where the coaches always tell you to hit,” Wesley said. “That’s where a lot of strikes are called.”

Wesley said you have to be ready for the first pitch, and a lot of time it is going to be a fastball right down the middle.

Defensively, Wesley plays either outfield or third base.

When playing in the outfield, Wesley pays attention to if there is a right-handed or a left-handed batter hitting.

He said the ball comes off the bat of a left-handed batter the opposite of a right-handed batter.

“You have to watch if they pull or if they hit it to the opposite field,” Wesley said.

Playing third base, Wesley relies on quick reflexes to get outs.

“I think third base is one of the hardest positions to play in the sport because the ball gets to you so fast whether it’s a grounder or a pop fly, it’s so quick,” Wesley said. “There are a lot of decisions that you have to make. It makes it more competitive.”

Wesley began his baseball career in Brownstown in fifth grade.

“When I was young I got into baseball, and I really liked it,” Wesley said. “I stuck with it, and I’ve liked it ever since.”

He said he feels like playing error-free defense is the key for the Braves to have a chance to be at the top of the Mid-Southern Conference and to be a contender for the sectional.

“I feel pretty good about our team this year,” Wesley said. “I feel we can win the conference. If we just play good defense and we get some solid hits, we can win a lot of games no matter what team we play. I think we have some solid pitching.”

The senior said he feels there are four strong pitchers on the roster, and players are interchangeable at several positions.

At a glance

Name: Zech Wesley

School: Brownstown Central High School

Parent: Renee Wesley

Sibling: Joe

Sports: baseball 4 years

Organizations: Lettermen’s Club

Plans after high school: attend college

Favorite food: hamburgers

Favorite TV show: Sports center

Favorite musician: Eminem

Favorite movie: Semi-Pro

Favorite athlete: LeBron James

Q&A

Q: What’s it like attending BCHS?

A: “I have enjoyed being a student here. I just like all the great teachers and how they teach and all that. The kids here are very nice. I’m going to miss all my friends and all that dearly. I’m going to miss Brownstown when I leave for college.

Q: Favorite thing about home games? favorite away field?

A: “I like the home games. I like the walk up songs and everything. Mine is “Headstrong” by Trapped. I liked playing at Providence this year because they have a new turf field. It was pretty cool to play on the turf. It is very interesting.”

Q: Why are practices important?

A: “The more you practice, the better you’ll be. You always need to keep your concentration and focus on what you’re doing. Never take it off, because if you take it off then you’ll get distracted and everything will go wrong. Then you’ll get very mad and then everything won’t go your way.”

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.