Cam Seiwert dominating on the mound for Skyhawks

Published 1:01 pm Wednesday, March 6, 2024

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The Point Skyawks’ baseball team is off to a 13-6 start, and starting pitching has been a major part of their success. No starting pitcher for the Skyhawks has had a more dominant season thus far than Cameron Seiwert. 

In five starts this season, Seiwert is 4-1 with a 2.30 earned run average. Seiwert also has 43 strikeouts so far this season, four more than he had in 11 starts last season. 

Seiwert’s improvement this season has been drastic, but it is not because of any wild change in his mechanics or approach. Instead, Seiwert made his biggest improvements during the offseason by getting his mind in the right place. 

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“I honestly went up to Canada for the whole summer,” Seiwert said. “That was just kind of nice because I was able to escape basically everything and just get a fresh start up in Canada. That kind of [helped] my mental side get back to where it needed to be. All fall we were working out as a team and practicing a lot. That’s helped me get prepared for the season.” 

Seiwert has been dominant this season, but his most dominant start came against Tennessee Southern. Seiwert set a new school record in the matchup as he struck out 16 batters in eight innings. The mark also was the second most in the history of the Southern State Athletic Conference. 

“When I’m going up there on the mound, I’m not thinking about anything other than attacking the batter and striking them out,” Seiwert said. “In my head, I’m convinced that no one can beat me. That’s just what my mentality is.” 

Coming out of high school, Seiwert did not have a lot of eyes on him as a prospect. Seiwert’s only real offer at the next level was to play at Pasco Hernado State College at the JUCO level. 

The lack of attention Seiwert received as a high school recruit only fueled his fire. Seiwert found his way to Point University after two seasons with the Bobcats. The chip on Seiwert’s shoulder that he gained coming out of high school has only helped him to embody the spirit that each player has for the Skyhawks. 

“Our team as a whole kind of thrives on being the underdogs because sometimes we’re kind of slept on in our eyes,” Seiwert said. “It just adds fuel to the fire, and that’s how it is for me too. I like playing as the underdog because people underestimated me. Just so I can prove them wrong.” 

The chip on Seiwert’s shoulder has not caused just a small change in his demeanor. Seiwert has now begun to focus more and become a better player overall. 

“My first few years in college, I wasn’t as dedicated as I should have been,” Seiwert said. “Which would probably make sense [as] to why I wasn’t getting that much attention. The last two years, when I came to Point, I just decided that I didn’t want to have any regrets if it were to be my last step in baseball. I kind of just made a deal with myself to just not take it for granted and just go all out every single day, and just see how far it could take me.” 

Seiwert’s performance against Tennesse Southern earned him SSAC Pitcher of the Week, and it marked the second time this season that Seiwert had been recognized by the conference. 

“It means a lot for sure,” Seiwert said. “I’m an only child. My parents have been supporting me for a super long time. I’m finally seeing stuff play out how I’ve been working towards and envisioning it. It’s nice seeing that happen and knowing that all the hard work is paying off.” 

The recognition and Seiwert’s improvement on the field is an important part of his journey, but it is not the most important thing for Seiwert. 

Seiwert is focused on reaching new heights for the university. Seiwert is not just focused on winning the conference or accomplishing things on his own, he wants to win the NAIA championship this season. 

“I just want to win a ring,” Seiwert said. “I’m not too worried about the personal stats. That’s what we’ve been talking about all fall. My freshman year in JUCO, we went to the World Series. We finished third in the nation. I was right there at the top. So ever since that, that’s all I’ve really been thriving for and thinking about. I just want to win a ring.” 

The team chemistry is at an all-time high this season, and Seiwert believes that the team has what it takes to get to the next level.
West Point has become like a second home for Seiwert despite it being around six hours away from his hometown of Jacksonville, FL. Seiwert has been able to create a close relationship with his teammates through trips to the lake and frequenting local restaurants.
Despite being a long drive away, Seiwert’s parents have never failed to be his greatest supporters. Growing up without siblings meant that Seiwert’s relationship with his family was always close but different than what some experienced. Through college baseball, Seiwert has been able to still keep a positive relationship with his parents while also being able to flourish in a new environment. 

“I was an only child so I got a lot of attention growing up that I did not want,” Seiwert said. “Going to Tampa, it was kind of nice because I was like three hours away. They could come see me if they needed to, but I was still far enough away that I felt like I had an escape. When I came to Point, it was a little bit further. It’s a little more difficult on them, but they’ve made just about every single game. Which means a lot honestly because it’s my last year at Point, and they don’t want to take it for granted either.” 

At this point in his college career, Seiwert can see the time winding down. It is a little early for Seiwert to look ahead, but he is well aware that everyone’s time on the field is limited. 

After this season, Seiwert hopes to pursue as a professional baseball player. Even if he did not get that opportunity, Seiwert knows that baseball will be his main focus in some fashion. 

“The ultimate goal is definitely to keep playing baseball,” Seiwert said. “That’s like the number one thing I love and care about. I have a few opportunities and hopefully, they work out and I get a few more. If not playing, then I would want to open a facility or do training because I do lessons right now. 

“I like other people progressing because of me, and I like seeing their success.”