PARKERSBURG - Caleb Wells knew he was going to play baseball at the next level and that dream recently became a reality when the Parkersburg South High School graduate opted to continue his career on the diamond for Potomac State College.
A switch-hitting infielder, Wells had to bide his time in Patriot head coach Matt Null's program before getting a chance to take the field as a senior. During Wells' junior season, the Patriots were a 13-member senior dominated squad that reached the Class AAA state tournament.
"I just had to keep it in my head that I was going to get my opportunity and then when I get my opportunity just go out there and shine," said Wells, who drew more walks than he had strikeouts while posting a better than .400 on-base percentage.
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Parkersburg South’s Caleb Wells, right, will continue his baseball career playing at Potomac State College.
"Hopefully, I'll be playing a lot my first year and the second year, hopefully, I'll have some bigger schools looking at me to transfer. I'm just basically going to play it out and see what happens."
Coach Null thinks Wells will be a good fit for the Catamounts of head coach Doug Little.
"Coach Little wants him to go there," Null said of the 6-foot Wells. "He's been with us since middle school and seventh grade. The thing about Caleb is he'll outwork everybody. He loves baseball. He's an excellent student-athlete.
"He carries himself in a professional manner and represents his school and his family with his demeanor. He's still got some physical maturation to go. I think it's a place he can go and let that happen. It's a good fit."
Wells, who coach Null noted "basically got into our lineup because he outworked people," credited his coaches for most of his success and getting the chance to play after high school.
"College baseball has always been my dream so it was going to take a lot for me to be shut out from my dream," said Wells, who wanted to thank his trainer Allison Burner of Mountain River Physical Therapy. "I'd still like to get bigger strength-wise and in my physical attributes."
According to Wells, who had a 3.4 cumulative GPA, he feels his glove work is the best part of his game and "I've really worked on my speed and agility the past year with Allison Burner."
The now ex-Patriot said he's not declared anything in terms of a major and just plans to hopefully grow each day as a collegiate student-athlete.
"Keyser, there's not much to do. It's a small town, the reason I like it even more," Wells added. "I'll just go up there and focus on baseball and studies, no distractions or nothing. My biggest worry is being three hours away from home."