By Steve Svetovich
James Wetter had a knack of coming through as a pitcher in big games during his four year varsity baseball career at Holy Cross High School. And now Big Game James will be taking his talents to St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY. He will attend on a four-year academic and baseball scholarship.
Son of Atty. James and Janine Wetter, Dunmore, James finished his Holy Cross academic career with a 3.85 GPA. His best subject is math. James will major in Finance at St. Bonaventure. He has aspirations to become a lawyer like his dad.
The scholar-athlete was the voice of boys’ basketball and football at Holy Cross. He was Vice President of Crusaders for Compassion, an Animals Rights club. He was a member of the Latin Club.
James pitched for the Crusaders during his entire four year varsity baseball career. He fashioned an impressive 1.75 ERA last season and 2.50 ERA in his junior year as the staff ace.
He was asked about the highlight of his varsity baseball career. “That would have to be in my freshman season,” he said. “We started out the season 1-4. Then we won nine games in a row and went all the way to the district championship game. It was quite a thrill as a team.”
James said he learned a lot from Holy Cross baseball coach Sandy Menichetti. “Besides the on the field work, coach Menichetti taught us how to act off the field. On the field he taught us to keep our composure at all times. He taught us we could always come back and get going in games we were behind. He set us up to come back.”
The stalwart pitcher, humble and polite in nature, said he learned a lot from his parents. “My parents taught me how to treat people. They taught me that everyone is equal and to treat everyone fair.”
James said he likes listening to music in his spare time. He would like to see Taylor Swift in concert.
He talked about what it takes to succeed as a pitcher. “You need to keep your composure. Don’t get too high and don’t get too low. Always try to hit your spots.”
James, who struck out 44 batters in 38 innings in his senior year, is keeping busy this summer pitching for the Northeast Pride in the Hudson Valley Collegiate Summer Baseball League.
He was thrilled to receive the scholarship to St. Bonaventure and can’t wait to get started in August. “I was extremely excited when I got the scholarship and decided to attend. I will get to play at a high level of Division I baseball and get a great education. They have a great business program for finance. And it will be a very good preparation for law school. I can’t wait to play baseball there.”
Right now James is enjoying his summer, working and playing baseball. “I loved going to Holy Cross,” he said. “I made many friends. I learned a lot about myself. I learned a lot in school and really enjoyed my four years playing baseball there. It was just a great experience all around.”
And he’s not done yet. The future is bright athletically and academically for Big Game James.