Sermersheim seeks steady balanceJuly 26, 2021
By JIMMY LAFAKIS
HUNTINGBURG — As a young Jared Sermersheim developed his love for baseball, he found himself starstruck within League Stadium’s historic confines. He wanted to emulate the Dubois County Bombers’ cadences and mannerisms on the baseball diamond.
Now, he embraces that chance as he patrols the outfield for the Bombers.
“Coming to Bombers games and seeing those guys, you kind of idolize them,” Sermersheim said. “You see the kids now who come onto the field and want autographs and stuff. To us, we kind of take that for granted. Growing up around here and being that little kid at one point in time, it kind of makes you connect more with the other little kids that are coming to the games. They want to be just like you when they grow up, which is a pretty big compliment.”
After he graduated from Jasper High School in 2017, Sermersheim continued his baseball career at Vincennes University. Now, he plays at West Virginia Tech in Beckley, West Virginia.
Sermersheim has grown to appreciate the environment, but still that maintains the competitiveness he showed at Jasper and Vincennes.
“I’m laid-back and don’t like to get too high or too low, but I do really like to compete,” Sermersheim said. “I’m a very competitive person. It’s kind of fun finding the mix and finding the balance there.”
He strikes the balance by learning and teaching. Always willing to pick up a pointer or two from a teammate, Sermersheim has relished the opportunities to chat with his teammates and coaches.
He’s a true student of the game, and those lessons keep him grounded.
“If you’re hot or you’re cold, nobody is really looking down on you or thinking, ‘Oh, he’s so good,’ ” Sermersheim said. “Everybody is kind of like, ‘We’re all here, we’re all on the same stage. Let’s do what we can, get better and learn from each other.”
Bombers coach Travis LaMar highlighted Sermersheim’s ability to cover ground across the outfield. Sermersheim is comfortable playing all three of the outfield positions.
“He’s a solid outfielder,” LaMar said. “He’s going to defend his position. He’s going to go get balls. He’s going to make plays. He’s just a good, solid, all-around player.”
He is familiar with League Stadium’s intricacies and has acclimated himself to every nook and cranny of the park.
“It’s always good when you can get those guys back,” LaMar said. “They can get into a familiar environment and find a level of comfort in that, especially when you’re talking about a developmental league. Our whole goal is to get these guys better as they get back into school. Him being able to do that from his own backyard is going to help him exponentially.”
Sermersheim is majoring in sports management. He has aspirations of coaching or working in a front office one day. His cerebral approaches to the classroom and the diamond have helped him find his way.
“It’s something I enjoy,” Sermersheim said about his major. “It makes it a little bit easier than having to do something that isn’t always interesting. It’s a lot easier to get up and go to class after you get home late on a bus trip if it’s something you actually care about and find interesting.”
West Virginia has opened a whole new world for Sermersheim. He enjoys the natural beauty of the outdoors, and he will always appreciate his long hikes in the mountains.
“I like being outdoors, exploring and seeing new things,” Sermersheim said. “I’ve never lived anywhere where there are a bunch of mountains and stuff like that. It’s cool to get out there and see that. We don’t have that around here.”
Right now, his ultimate goal is helping the Bombers with their playoff push.
“He takes a lot of pride in it,” LaMar said. “Being able to play in front of family and friends always adds a little extra incentive to want to go out and do well. I don’t think there’s any pressure because of it. For him to be able to play here, have success and stay at home, I feel like it’s got to be a huge comfort.”
Sermersheim remains competitive yet even-keeled. He’ll show up to the park, get his practice swings in the cage and do what he can to help the Bombers win. He has a thirst for victory.
“I like to be known as a guy that just plays the game the right way, works hard at it and has fun with it,” Sermersheim said.
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