By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Family and friends joined Munford Cougar Baseball senior Wesley Bass for his signing to Southwest Tennessee recently in the Munford High School Library.
Bass, a right-hand pitcher, will joined George Sykes program after his graduation from MHS. This upcoming season Bass will be counted on as a top arm for new Munford Head Coach Jake Garbuzinski.
“It’s just a big moment for Wes and it’s a big moment for our program,” Garbuzinski said. “This is our second signee this year. We’re just trying to build on this spring. Practice starts Feb. 9 and the first game is March 10. So we’re just looking forward to a big year. And Wes is going to be one of our senior pitchers.”
Sykes is familiar with Garbuzinski and the Munford program. The veteran skipper was the pitching coach of Garbuzinski when he played in high school. And since Sykes has taken over the head coaching duties at Southwest, he has signed multiple Cougar players.
Sykes said Bass comes from a good family with parents Sandra and Mike. The young hurler is consistently improving on the field and he is an honor roll student. Sykes said he will fit the program’s Triangle Philosophy.
“We feel like he’s a player who is going to fulfill our triangle that our players have to fit from getting a college degree to improving as a baseball player,” Sykes said. “He’s also a young man of integrity. We think he fits that triangle concept and we’ll utilize him to help build that Southwest concept.
“That family support displays he comes from integrity,” he added. “We’re excited to make him a part of Salquis Baseball Nation.”
Sandra and Mike are happy their son can live out his dream in a good program.
“He said, ‘Mom there’s no other feeling like being our there on that mound,’” Sandra said. “He wants to be a fast pitcher. He practices it everyday. He’s a honor roll student. He’s a very self confident, determined and dedicated student athlete.”
Mike noted his son’s determination earned him a spot college baseball roster.
“He’s played mostly infield growing up,” he recalled. “And he’s a determined young man and has done what he was told. He’s a good kid.”
Garbuzinski said he can see Wesley’s dedication to school and the game in just his few months on campus.
“On and off the field, Wesley is a good student and conducts himself well throughout the hallways,” he said. “ He’s not only a senior leader on our team, but he’s a senior leader of the school. We look forward to his leadership all season.”
Wesley said he can approach the field in 2015 relaxed knowing his college future is secure with Southwest Tennessee.
“It a big chip off my should,” he said. “I feel like I can just focus now on playing with my boys here in high school and hopefully make it to Murfreesboro and win that State championship.”
The senior hurler said Sykes recruited him because of his arm and he can’t wait to prove himself.
“I feel like I throw the ball well,” he said. “I feel like that’s what I’m getting signed to do. And that’s my job.”
For now Bass said his job is to give Munford a winner in 2015 and continue to be a role model for the younger Cougars.
“Absolutely, we have plenty of younger guys who have the talent,” he said. “But they don’t have their heads straight on their shoulders. And that’s what we’re here for to give them that mental boost. We do have a lot of talent and I hope it does come out this spring so we can show everybody what we’ve got.
“I think in a way that was how I was raise,” Bass concluded. “Just having a program like that close by and they want me to come play baseball for them, you can’t beat that. It’s a perfect match. I’m looking forward to it, wrap this baseball season up and get ready to start another one.”