The Westfield baseball team is chugging along this season with a 7-10 record.
There is a senior on the squad who leads the Noles with a soft voice and a strong pitching arm.
Because of his focus on many fronts, Jalen Jarrell is our “Athlete of the Week.”
Head Westside baseball coach J. Wright says one of his pitchers has pure talent and an incredible work ethic. “He’s helped us build the program,” Wright said.
Wright says Jarrell plays a big role on the team throwing strikes from the mound. The young pitcher has an earned run average of 2.11.
Jarrell says he’s cherished the game for a long time.
“I’ve been playing since I was six years old playing Little League. I just love the game,” he said.
“He’s one of those kids I penciled out, ‘That kid’s a baseball player,'” Wright explained. “He plays in the summer, plays in the winter, he’s just been a leader for us every year even as a sophomore.”
Jarrell leads on campus in other ways, too.
He’s a liaison with the junior ROTC program.
“I’m a special assistant to the sergeant and I help out with underclassmen to keep them straight and on track, trying to get them to pass this class.”
You will never see him barking orders. Jalen leads with a quiet confidence in everything he does.
“I see myself as a leader by example,” he explained. “I try to do the right thing by encouraging other people to do the right thing.”
Doing the right thing has given him a solid “B” average, and the ROTC program recently recognized him for his talents in the field.
Jalen wants to use his good grades to go to college, preferably on a baseball scholarship.
He wants to use his armed forces skills to go into the Army or Air Force.
“I really want to go to the military either way, because once I get to college, I want to go into the ROTC program, so that way, when I get out, I can become an officer in the military.”
The kid seems to have it all figured out, and he’s at peace with his future.
“I got all my priorities straight. Good grades, good stats, everything’s going well for me, really,” Jarrell said with a smile.
Jalen credits his dad for instilling discipline in him at a young age.
The senior’s dream scenario would be going to Georgia Southern and playing for the Eagles.