Westchester’s Sowell picks N.C. A&T

Jun. 08, 2014 @ 09:30 PM

Myles Sowell knew he had a good opportunity to play baseball at a high level. And now he looks to make the most of it.

After working hard throughout his high school career, Sowell, a recent graduate of Westchester Country Day, got looks from a couple NCAA Division I schools. But, with the early signing period nearing a close, he decided his best choice was to sign with N.C. A&T State University.
“It’s great,” says Sowell, the son of Broadus and Kimberly of Greensboro, of signing. “It’s a good feeling to get this chance — one a lot of people want and they don’t get. So, I’ll try to take advantage of it the best I can.”
Sowell remembers playing baseball from his earliest days growing up. He dabbled in other sports like basketball and football when he was younger. But over the years, they fell to the wayside as he focused more and more on baseball.
“I realized that baseball was my better choice,” he says. “It’s the enjoyment of it. All your teammates, everyone being around. I’ve stuck with the same people the majority of my life. We all came up together on the same teams. So, I was like, ‘This is what I like to do.’”
Sowell had the natural speed and the determination to play among the best players his age. He played throughout his days at Aycock Middle and on both the J.V. and varsity teams at Dudley as a freshman, an accomplishment that boosted his confidence in his abilities.
But after being named team MVP as a sophomore, he suffered a broken wrist just before the start of his junior season that forced him to miss all but the last few games of the year. That easily could’ve derailed his playing career, but he continued to work hard at achieving his goals.
“Praying to God,” he says of what carried him through it. “I know He helped me with the rehabilitation and everything. The motivation from my parents and family, and just the love of the game. I know I’m good at it, so I’m not going to stop when an obstacle comes my way.”
He then transferred to Westchester and reclassified as a junior. He made an immediate impact both on offense, with his speed and hitting at the top of the lineup, and defense, as he honed his skills in the field and built his arm strength to play a number of positions.
Sowell, who’s also played for Mo Blakeney’s Hitting Factory Warriors, was twice selected All-Triad Athletic Conference and twice helped the Wildcats win the NCISAA 2A state championship (the second and third in their current string of three in a row).
“He’s quiet, he smiles, he’s infectious, and people gravitate to him without him having to make a spectacle of himself,” Westchester coach Joey Hammond says. “He has just a natural energy around him that people respond to. On top of that, he’s very confident in his abilities. He knows what he does, and he knows how well he can do it.
“He understands his game. He’s not out there trying to do something he can’t do — which isn’t much, because he can do a lot. He’s the prototypical leadoff batter. He is a spark plug. He starts things off and brings an energy. When he gets on base, it changes everything, and that’s invaluable, especially as a leadoff batter.”
As he looked at colleges during the fall, he also mainly considered N.C. Central. But time passed during the early signing period. So, when coach Joel Sanchez and A&T, which is where his mom and dad went to school and his mom currently works, offered him on the day before the period ended, he chose to play with the Aggies of the MEAC.
“My mom works there. So, I’ve been around it all my life,” says Sowell, who wants to eventually go into computer science. “I know what the campus is like. So, it’s not like I’m new to it. There will be some things to adjust to. But it’s a good school, close to home. So, that’s what drove me there.”