Luke Montalbano, Sports Writer • firstname.lastname@example.org
The Emory & Henry are off to a hot start this season, one reason that they have had a successful start is junior outfielder Ben SextoSexton is a junior from Lebanon, VA and majoring in Biology. Sexton said he decided to commit to Emory & Henry because “it was really close to all of my family. I live in Lebanon and I wanted a small community to be a part of that was close to my family could come and watch my games. And Emory was just that place, a home away from home.”
Sexton had a solid freshman year, he played in 33 games, had a batting average of .270, scored 16 RBIs, and scored 11 runs. However, Sexton really broke out as a player his sophomore season. During the 2017 season, Sexton’s performance helped him garner third-team all ODAC honors and was also named an NSCA all-American for weightlifting.
Sexton reflected on his successful sophomore season, by saying “It really came to clear to me after talking with Coach McCall what my role was on the team and how I shouldn’t be complacent with being a good player. That I need to work to be a great player.”
This year, the Wasps are picked to finish 8th in the ODAC. However, the Wasps will not let this get in the way of a successful season, as Sexton said “We get picked low in the ODAC every year, and we use that as a chip on our shoulder to show all the other teams what we are really made of, and that we are not the same team that they have seen in the past.”
So far, the Wasps have proven that they can compete with any team, as they have had a few exciting walk-off wins this season. This includes their last game against Southern Virginia where Sexton hit the game winning 3-run home run. He reflects on this by saying “It was a real blessing, I was happy to be in the situation. I sat in the on-deck circle and just prayed that God would give me the composure to do great things with the gifts he’s giving me, and he did. So all the glory for that home run has to go to him.”