Baseball Signee Ben Wetzler Earns Oregonian Honor

Baseball Signee Ben Wetzler Earns Oregonian Honor

June 28, 2010

By Jerry Ulmer

The Oregonian

Ben Wetzler has been in this position before.

A little more than a year ago, as Clackamas prepared for the Class 6A baseball playoffs, Wetzler's season came to an end when he blew out his ankle on a slide during practice.

A summer of cheerleading from the dugout deepened his appreciation for the game, and Wetzler returned in full force as a senior, pitching the Cavaliers to the state championship.

Now, after breaking the index finger on his pitching hand June12 at a tournament in Seattle, he is a cheerleader again.

'I think every injury makes you put everything into perspective,' Wetzler said. 'Every game this spring, I didn't want to take it for granted because I knew it could be taken away just like that. I learned a lot about myself mentally. Out of anybody, I think I'm best suited to have this happen.'

In the past year, the 6-foot-2 left-hander not only exhibited excellence at his position, but also resilience, exceptional commitment to his team and competitive drive. For that, he has been chosen the Brian T. Meehan Oregon Baseball Player of the Year, which recognizes a top senior player in the state. The winner was chosen by members of The Oregonian sports staff.

The Oregonian presents the annual award in honor of Meehan, a former reporter and sports columnist at the paper who died of complications from heart surgery in 2008. Astoria's Jordan Poyer won the inaugural award in 2009.

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