A Natural Born Leader

If you are a baseball fan, chances are you have seen this guy on television. He is a member of the National Champion runner-up Arizona Wildcats baseball team, and considered by many a reason Arizona got so far this season.

For this to unfold lets take this back a better part of a decade, to 2009. On a cold day in January the Walnut Creek Bulldawgs, a competitive 14u travel-ball team hoisted a USSSA championship trophy. Head Coach, Andy Tarpley raised his index finger in the air, as if to touch a hot stove, and said "Sawyer, psssss, muy caliente."  That weekend Sawyer put on a hitting display going 10-12 at the plate, leading the Bulldawgs to victory. From that moment we knew that this baby faced, 100 pound boy would do great things as a man.

In his transition from boy to man, Sawyer started all four years at Las Lomas high school, for then Head Coach John Jones. At Las Lomas Sawyer set the school record for hits, batted .300, .330, .460 and .410 respectively throughout the years. Four times he was an All-Academic selection, two times a DFAL All-league player and Senior year he won the DFAL Gold Glove award. In response, Coach Jones a former professional baseball player himself, to what makes Sawyer a great ball player, said "Sawyer is the most intense baseball guy, he loves the game and will do anything for it."

Now a man, this past summer Sawyer lead a group of his friends, teammates and coaches on a baseball service trip to Medellin, Colombia with More Than a Game. It was here where we got to see first hand Sawyer's ability to keep things relaxed and fun while still accomplishing what we set forth to do. His leadership did not go unnoticed. Jonathan Giles, of Incolr | Visual Storytellers, a creative marketing agency and short film storyteller, instantly recognised Sawyer's talent and made him the basis of his of short film documentary. For those of you who have had the chance to see the work that Jonathan Giles produces, it is not hard to tell that he is the best at what he does. Giving the two talents the a mutual respect and admiration for one another. Giles had become an inspiration to Sawyer's filmmaking. "Being able to meet Jonathan, has had a huge impact on my career." Sawyer and Giles are still in contact with each other, offering advice on equipment, technology and creativity.

Ok so hopefully that paints a picture of this man. Now it is no coincidence that this standout baseball player and all around great human being found himself on the University of Arizona baseball team, playing Pac-12 baseball and fulfilling, not only his dream to go to the College World Series as a player, but anyone's who has ever played baseball. At Arizona, however his roll of standout player has been over shadowed by the talented Wildcat team, producing 6 draft picks in the 2016 MLB Draft. But this has not stopped him from being a contributor to the teams success.  You might have noticed a greasy haired, fully bearded man spraying water on his teammate or shampooing hair, keeping the team loose and having fun. "We make sure that we win," Sawyer said, when asked about your roll in the dugout. "The dugout is our realm, it's the most fun place in the world." If you didn't notice that, perhaps you had the chance to see one of the creative videos Sawyer produced. "The filming that we did throughout the year makes people see how much fun we are having and I had so much fun doing that."

All of these that Sawyer does outside the lines is what bring people together. And when you can bring people together in a positive way there is no limit to what you can accomplish. "Sawyer is all about the team and never about himself," Said Coach Jones. This is what makes him a natural leader and a true winner that we should all aspire to be.

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Marshall Murray