Spring Valley baseball player Seth Damron picks Wheeling Jesuit
HUNTINGTON — Spring Valley High School baseball player Seth Damron isn’t afraid to try new things to accomplish an ultimate goal.
That was proven in the postseason when Damron — normally a pitcher or first baseman — went out to play right field for the Timberwolves in an effort to get the strongest lineup possible on the field. Even though it ended in a loss, Damron proved himself with one of the postseason’s top defensive plays when he sprinted from deep in right field to make a diving catch of a shallow fly ball to save a pair of runs.
That type of effort is going to serve Damron at the next level. Damron recently signed to play baseball at Wheeling Jesuit University, where he is going to study physical therapy.
Just like on the field, Damron wanted to be challenged by the best when making his college choice.
“They are No. 1 in West Virginia for physical therapy, so everything fell in line for me to go there,” Damron said.
Damron will play for Wheeling Jesuit head coach Ryan Lewicki, whom has already laid out a plan for one of the Timberwolves’ more consistent players.
The Spring Valley senior said his talks with Lewicki forged a bond that made the decision the right one for his future.
“I liked the coach well,” Damron said. “He’s a very nice guy, very energetic. He’s told me that I’m going to be a pitcher and, if I continue to hit the ball well, he might let me bat some too.”
Damron said he’s willing to do whatever is asked of him. It is that kind of mentality that led Spring Valley head coach Austin Pratt to help him in the recruiting process.
“Seth did a lot of different things for us this year and he’s a great kid,” Pratt said. “That’s a great fit for him there.”
Damron credited Pratt for his ability to go to the next level with his baseball career.
“Honestly, I wouldn’t be going without the help of my coach, Coach Pratt,” Damron said. “Without him, I probably wouldn’t be going, but he helped me out with the recruiting process and a lot of the offers I received. I’m really thankful for that.”
Aside from baseball, Damron said the help of Pratt goes a long way toward his future plans.
Damron said Wheeling Jesuit is the state’s top physical therapy school and offers the specific program he wants to pursue.
“They are one of three to offer a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program,” Damron said. “If I go there, I can go straight into it after my first four years. I don’t have to apply somewhere else and hope to get in. I’m already working toward it.”
In addition to Wheeling Jesuit, Damron also had offers from Davis & Elkins College, University of Pikeville and Salem University.