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Sewald's Pan Am Silver Medal creates memories to last forever

Sure a Gold Medal would be nice, but seeing B-Mets reliever Paul Sewald's Silver Medal won as a part of Team USA in the 2015 Pan Am Games, it's easy to say that silver is just fine. Team USA fell in the Pan Am finals to Canada 7-6, but Sewald was a big reason they got there.

In the semis against Cuba, Sewald struck out top prospect Alfredo Despaigne with the bases loaded in the 9th to preserve USA's 6-5 win. In four Pan Am appearances Sewald threw 3.2 innings surrendering just 2 hits and one unearned run while striking out five and walking two. He was responsible for one of the team's only two losses, a 10-9 first game defeat to Puerto Rico, but that run was unearned, and later earned a save in a preliminary round game against Canada.

With a silver medal worn proudly around his neck, Sewald not only has that, but memories to last a lifetime.

"It was unbelievable, the whole thing," he said. "Between finding out I was nominated to play, to being invited, going down there, practicing a few times then going to Toronto and we had some ups and downs. We lost our first game, then got on a hot streak and won some games. Got in the playoffs, beat Cuba, all the ups and downs through that were incredible. The final game, obviously not the result we were hoping for, but the experience of playing Canada in Canada in the gold medal game was absolutely incredible."