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Move over, dad; Seekers get another trophy

By FRANK ACETO Associate Sports Editor Published: June 11, 2017 12:00 AM
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COLUMBUS -- When it comes to the Seeker family, Tallmadge blue and yellow has been in each member's blood since they were born.

The patriarch of the family, Don, spent a number of years as the Blue Devils head baseball coach and is now the athletic director at Tallmadge High School.

During his time on the diamond, Don led the Blue Devils to their only state title in 2002 after state runner-up finishes in 1996, 2000 and 2001.

Don has been out of baseball since 2003. Since he left, Tallmadge, which had been very successful over the years, struggled to find its way back to the elite status that had been the norm in the earlier part of the century.

Fortunately for the Blue Devils, they are a powerhouse again. And once again, the name "Seeker" has a lot to do with it.

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Tallmadge captured its second state title in school history after earning a 4-0 victory over Dayton Chaminade Julienne June 3 at Huntington Park in Columbus.

Several Blue Devils made a huge impact during their magical run, including a couple of teenagers who were infants when their father guided Tallmadge to a championship 15 years earlier.

Junior first baseman Scott Seeker and sophomore outfielder Sam Seeker played vital roles in the Blue Devils' success.

Scott had a pair of two-out run-scoring singles for Tallmadge and also played flawless defense against the Eagles June 3.

"I love this city 100 percent," Scott said. "I love it more than anything."

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Sam had an inside-the-park home run to close the scoring for the Blue Devils in their 4-1 win over Maumee in a state semifinal game June 1.

Scott, a starter on the team that reached regional play in 2015, plans to continue his academic and baseball careers at the United States Military Academy.

"It's great to be a part of something that's bigger than myself," he said. "I love my country more than anything."

While he had another successful year on the diamond, pitchers were far more careful when they saw Scott enter the batter's box. As a result, his average dipped a bit this spring.

Nonetheless, the talented first baseman usually delivered when his team needed him throughout the spring.

"I think Scott put a little more pressure on himself after hitting .450 last year," Tallmadge head coach Kenny Linn said. "He hasn't stopped working. He trained at 5 a.m. three days a week and he hits all the time. I don't think people know how hard he works."

That hard work is the reason why Tallmadge was the last team standing after a 15-year hiatus.

It's only fitting that two gentlemen named Seeker have something to do with it.

"This town has waited so long," Scott said. "It's just special."

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