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Former WHS standout learns the ropes at Lindsey Wilson

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By Paul Gable

It did not take long for Jacob Cheesman to realize he was no longer a member of the Williamstown High School baseball team.

In his first season as a member of the junior varsity baseball team at Lindsey Wilson College, Cheesman found out early that college baseball is a year-round sport.

"I like that aspect of it. At Williamstown, it was something we did three months and then that was it. Here, there's a fall and spring season and a lot of other time that goes into it," said Cheesman.

While at Williamstown, Chessman played multiple positions, including pitching, but at Lindsey Wilson, he has had to only focus on playing shortstop.

In addition to the game being like a job, Cheesman also adapted to the speed of the college game.

"The tempo is a lot faster, there's better competition and better pitching. You have to get used to it, but it's good," he said.

Those are the biggest issues the shortstop has had to overcome, as his first season with the Blue Raiders has been one to remember.

Mike Mantooth, coach at Lindsey Wilson, says Cheesman's hard work has paid off.

"Jacob had a good first season for us at the JV level. The main thing about Jacob is he comes to practice and games willing to learn so he can get better. Just like any player, he has things to work on, but he never gets down on himself and keeps working hard," Mantooth said.

During the fall portion of the season, Cheesman started every game and has taken full advantage of the opportunity presented to him after visiting during his senior season for a tryout.

"I made the team and they put together a nice package. I couldn't turn it down," said Cheesman.

In addition to starting at shortstop every game, Cheesman has also made a name for himself as a hitter, batting primarily in the leadoff or two spot for the Blue Raiders this season.

He is hopeful the lessons learned in his first college season will be useful in the future.

"I'd like to keep getting better, and hopefully, make the varsity next year and be a starter down the road," Cheesman said.