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Vinita graduating senior Nate Sauer has been playing baseball since he was seven years old, after growing up watching his older brother play. Although he did not get to complete his final season, he looks back on his baseball career with lots of great memories, including one from his sophomore year that stands out.

“I pitched the full regional championship game to send the Vinita High School baseball team to state for the first time in 30 years,” he said.

Vinita baseball coach Bobby Floyd shared that in the couple of games they did play, Sauer did great, and would have continued to be a crucial player that season.

“He was expected to have a great year,” said Floyd. “Was hitting .750 (but only played two games with Oologah). He would have been my ace on the mound and my starting third baseman.”

Sauer also played football, as well as being involved in FFA, National Honor Society member, and DECA Club. He says the best part of being a high school athlete is the bonds built with teammates.

“The best part about playing high school sports has got to be the friendships you build and memories you make in games, practices, and bus rides,” he said.

Sauer encourages all remaining players to make the most of their time and enjoy it.

“With the Covid-19 epidemic taking my last year from me I would have to say to underclassmen to enjoy every moment they have like it’s their last, because you never know what can happen,” he said.

Sauer admires his mother for all she has done, and she is a role model in his life.

“My role model would have to be my mom because she’s always put me and my siblings before herself,” he said. “She’s been a true symbol of strength, determination, and kindness for me and my family.”

Sauer’s future plans include serving in the US Navy.

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