Sophomore catcher Spencer Bramwell has been a standout on a baseball team where it is very difficult to stand out on in 2019. Bramwell has helped Colorado Mesa to a No. 1 national ranking and they head to the NCAA DII South Central Super Regional as the No. 1 seed later this week.
Bramwell currently leads the team with a .383 batting average and was named the 2019 RMAC Tournament Most Valuable Player.
However, Bramwell has been playing well with a little extra help.
On August 6, before the start of the 2018-19 school year, Spencer’s cousin, Taylor Bramwell, took his own life.
Taylor was 36 years old and lived in Denver, CO. He struggled with depression, anxiety, and an opioid addiction for an unknown amount of time.
The news hit the Bramwell family hard and emotions from what happened almost a year ago still lingers to this day.
Spencer dedicated this season to his cousin and wrote ‘TAY’ above the left part of the brim of his hat, so whenever he puts it on, he knows why he plays baseball.
This is the story of how Spencer has used one of the most tragic events in his life as motivation to help him play better baseball and to help others who struggle with suicidal thoughts.