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February 20, 2012

Wes Sorrells, Georgia College '06

Name: Wes Sorrells

Institution:  Georgia College

Sport:  Baseball

Years You Competed:  2003-2006

Head Coach:  Steve Mrowka and Chris Calciano

Hometown:  Athens, GA

Current Location:  Monroe, GA

What are you doing now?

I am currently the Assistant Pastor and Youth Minister at Monroe First United Methodist Church. I am also getting my Masters of Divinity at Asbury Thelogical Seminary. I married my wife (Ashley Williams Sorrells, Georgia College basketball player '04-'08) in December of 2009 and we recently had our first child. After college I worked at the Youth Minister at Milledgeville First United Methodist Church as well as Acworth United Methodist Church.

What was your most memorable moment from your athletic experience?

One of my most memorable moments at Georgia College was when I pitched a complete game shut out against North Georgia in 2006. I was also named Peach Belt Pitcher of the Week that week as well. That year we were also ranked #1 in the nation and won the conference championship.

How has your athletics experience influenced your life since leaving college?

The four years I played baseball at Georgia College were some of the best years of my life. I learned how to be a winner on and off the field. I learned that hard work and determination can take you only so far. Your priorities have to be in order and having God as the center of your life helps keep you moving in the right direction. I have made lifelong friends and have made memories that will last a life time.

If you could have played any other sport than the one you did, what would it have been and why?

I would probably have played golf. I grew up playing with my dad and cousin and truly enjoyed the time I spent doing so. I wish that in high school baseball wasn't in the same season or I would have tried to play it as well. Since baseball I have picked back up golf and enjoy working on my game.

What do you remember most about your coach?

Coach Mrowka new the game of baseball better than anyone that I have ever known. He could predict what was going to happen in a game well before the play occurred. He also helped me get in to Georgia College and I will always remember him for that. Coach Calciano gave me a chance to play several positions at Georgia College. It wasn't uncommon for me to play third, first, pitch and DH all in the same weekend series. He had faith in me and let me go out and play everyday with confidence knowing that he was behind me. We had trust in each other and I knew that I was going to always play my hardest for him and our team.

What words of wisdom would you give to current Peach Belt student-athletes?

Enjoy every minute while you are on the field or court. The years that you spend in college will fly by and you will spend the rest of your life remembering those times. Have fun, try hard, swing for the fences and love God. Everything else will take care of itself.


 

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