Sevario fights through adversity, signs with FIU

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
St. Amant's Adam Sevario signs with Florida International, alongside his family and his coaches. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

St. Amant standout second-baseman Adam Sevario has proven that if you have the talent, the scouts will find you.

He headed into his junior season as a first-time starter with not a lot of attention being directed his way. So, he just let his play demand it.

Florida International University just so happened to be in the area as they visited UNO for a weekend series.

Their scouts traveled to the Jay Patterson Shootout at St. Amant to see Jesuit's 6-foot-5 hurler Sean Bretz. However, it was the scrappy Gator leadoff hitter that caught their eye.

Sevario had a coming-out party that night--going a perfect 4-4 with his first home run of the season, along with two RBIs.

FIU was sold. They actively recruited him, and by the summer, Sevario verbally committed to the school. Last Wednesday night, he made it official--inking his letters of intent.

"I decided when I took my unofficial visit. Once I went there, I fell in love with the place, and that's what really made me want to go there," Sevario said.

The start of 2015 was phenomenal for Sevario. In helping lead St. Amant to the playoffs, he hit a gaudy .459 with 21 RBIs. As a result, he was named first-team all-district and first-team All-Metro.

He was off to a great start during the summer with his Gauthier & Amedee American Legion team when he was involved in a car accident.

In the crash, Sevario sustained a serious back injury that required spinal fusion surgery.

The doctors' prognosis didn't look good, but Sevario had other plans.

"At first, the doctors were telling him that he was going to have a long recovery, but Adam said, 'No, I'm not gonna have a long recovery,'" St. Amant head coach Troy Templet said. "If you've seen him play anything other than baseball, you would know that even if he's playing cards, he's playing to win."

It wasn't long until Sevario was back on his feet and ready to play ball.

"The rehab went really well," Sevario said. "Initially, I was projected to be out for six months, and I ended up only being out for three months. So, I'm back out there swinging and throwing."

The way FIU stood by him after the accident really struck a chord.

"FIU stayed with him from the onset. The Monday after the accident, they didn't know a whole lot about it, but they said, 'We're honoring our commitment.' That doesn't happen all of the time in college. Sometimes, they pull scholarship offers," Templet said. "With that said, he knows he's going somewhere where people care about him, and that's the ultimate thing. They're going to do what's right for him, and they're going to make him a better ball player."

With the rehab now behind him and with the recruitment process finally concluded, Sevario said that he's ready to get back on the field with his black and gold for one final season.

"It's a big relief now. I can just focus on my senior year and just get out there and play some baseball," Sevario said. "I'm just ready to ball out with all of my teammates, and I think it's gonna be a really good year."

Those around him are proud to see him get such a great opportunity after having to go through so much adversity.

"These kinds of opportunities don't come around often, and after what Adam has gone through in this past year, you can certainly understand that," Templet said.

His head coach has continuously been impressed by Sevario's ability for the past three seasons.

"If you've ever seen Adam play, you know he plays with a certain passion, he plays with a lot of energy, and besides that, he has a lot of talent. He has a very strong arm and great hitting technique," Templet said.

Back in the summer, Sevario's Gauthier & Amedee head coach, Conrad Gayle referred to him as the "sparkplug" of their team.

The newly-signed Florida International Panther will be looking to spark the Gators and lead them to another State Baseball Tournament appearance in 2016.