Bauer signs letter to play baseball

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Reece Bauer from Northeast Dubois on Thursday at the Dubois Community Park Building signed his letter of intent to play baseball for Wabash College. Joining Reece for the signing are his father, Greg, left; mother, Jennifer; and Jeeps baseball coach Luke Woolems.


Reece Bauer, like his baseball teammates at Northeast Dubois, never got the opportunity to take the field for the Jeeps in 2020 since COVID-19 forced the cancellation of spring sports.

Bauer need not fret, though, since there’s more baseball in his future. The standout at Northeast Dubois on Thursday at the Dubois Community Park Building inked his letter of intent to play for Wabash College. The signing had limited attendance, and seats were spread out due to social distancing, with some in the crowd wearing masks, but Bauer was thankful to those who came out. 

He originally planned on signing after basketball season ended, but he it didn’t become a done deal until Thursday.

“It was definitely worth the wait,” Bauer said.

Bauer chose Wabash because he loved the atmosphere and the people when he stepped on the campus. He tweeted out his commitment on Feb. 17. The Little Giants are receiving an All-Blue Chip Conference player who batted .418 with four home runs and 19 RBIs with the Jeeps in 2019.

Bauer, meanwhile, is joining a program that had winning seasons in 2017, 2018 and 2019. They were 6-2 this season before the virus outbreak forced a stoppage in play.

“To me, it just says that they’ve got a good eye for talent,” Jeeps baseball coach Luke Woolems said. “A lot of times, colleges can overlook a guy like Reece because he plays at a small 1A school, but good coaches know talent when they see it.”

Woolems noticed Bauer’s talent as the former was a voluntary assistant when the latter was a freshman. He thought Bauer needed to get bigger, stronger and better at the plate, but Bauer started right away for the Jeeps, helping them win a sectional championship as a freshman. Woolems knew from freshman year onward that Bauer had what it took to play college baseball.

What Woolems will miss the most about Bauer is the latter’s attitude and leadership, adding that his ability on the field is a bonus. Woolems loves how competitive Bauer is while maintaining his great attitude.

This has been a long time coming for Bauer, who spent many years playing travel ball, and suited up for the Jasper Reds in 2019, and all of that has led to this.

“I started playing baseball when I was 4 years old,” he said. “I started over at West Baden in a T-Ball League when I was 4, but from the start, I knew that baseball was what I wanted to do.”

He claims Wabash is getting a player who will do whatever it takes to win and is willing to work hard every single day in practice — making his teammates better in the process.

Bauer is looking to get bigger and stronger before he sets foot on campus. He gets in the batting cage when he can, and has done a lot of throwing, and has made a connection with Jake Sweeney, who pitches in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and recently moved to Haysville.

He plans to study financial economics and minor in business at Wabash. Bauer is hoping to get a job at a financial firm after college and move back to Dubois County.

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