July 24, 2016

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Glenville State College finds its pitcher in Grizzlies’ Sam Weaver

By Brad Bournival

WADSWORTH — The Glenville State College softball team’s coaching staff might be a little nerdy when it comes to computers.

Not that the coaches mind, especially in the case of Wadsworth’s Sam Weaver.

Sam Weaver

Sam Weaver

The coaches logged on to berecruited.com and found a video of Weaver pitching.

Liking what they saw, they invited the right-hander to West Virginia for a workout and offered her a partial scholarship to play for the Pioneers next season.

“It’s really amazing,” said Weaver, who has already signed her national letter of intent. “It’s hard to explain. It’s a great honor to play for a coach that wants me there and looked hard to put me on a team that’s already full of great players.”

This year, Weaver has a 5-0 mark and is sporting a 0.80 earned run average, second to Medina’s Karli Greene in Medina County. Her 46 strikeouts lead the Grizzlies and are third in the area.

“It means a lot not only to her but to her family,” Grizzlies coach Mike Schmeltzer said. “The kid’s done all the right things. She’s a quiet, unassuming kid. She had to wait her turn and now she’s gotten her shot and is making the most of it. She just loves the game.”

Weaver also loves the university. Nestled in the heart of West Virginia, Glenville State sits 60 miles from Parkersburg.

“Softball is a big thing down there,” Weaver said. “They’ll have 200 people show up to games. People will adopt you into their family and treat you as one of their own. It’s a really friendly place. It felt like home.”

Glenville State not only likes its softball, the Division II school does quite well at it.

The Pioneers put together 25-plus win seasons the last two years and had winning records in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as well, including a 17-14 mark in 2010.

“I’m hoping they’ll see me as a great addition, a team player and great student,” Weaver said. “I hope they see me as someone that will give back to them. It’ll be an honor to show them I deserve to be there.”

While Weaver realizes the four-hour trek from Wadsworth will be a tough one — especially with her close bond to her sister and teammate Niki — the senior knows she made the right choice in schools.

To add to the incredible story, after she signed her letter of intent she found out Glenville State has one of the top forensic science programs in the country, which just happens to be Weaver’s planned major.

“It’s one of the top ones around,” she said. “That was definitely the icing on the cake. I didn’t know that until after I signed. Then I was like, ‘All right, this is cool.’”

Contact Brad Bournival at sports@medina-gazette.com.

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