Whether he\u2019s throwing strikes or spirals, David Wells is an athlete who relies heavily on his arm for success on the playing fields. A 2017 Shelton High graduate, Wells plays football and baseball at Springfield College. While a two-sport athlete is not all that unusual at the high school level, most student-athletes turn their attention to one sport at the university level. Not Wells. \u201cI don\u2019t know how he does it with two sports. One is enough with the expectations they have,\u201d said Tom Murphy, who coaches Wells on Shelton\u2019s Post 16 American Legion summer baseball team. Wells was on an eighth grade state champion football team, but his success did not stop there as he earned All Southern Connecticut Conference accolades in both sports while at Shelton High. \u201cIt helps him with his time management,\u201d Murphy said of Wells playing both sports in college. Wells played a variety of positions and pitches in Legion ball, and is an infielder at Springfield. During the summer season he juggles Legion baseball, football workouts and a job. \u201cHe just loves doing it. He likes being busy all the time. It\u2019s a lot of work but he loves it,\u201d said his father, Dave Wells. \u201cI\u2019m proud of him. He\u2019s a hard worker.\u201d His father also commended Murphy for doing his part. \u201cDavid will play anywhere you ask him to play. He\u2019s so coachable,\u201d Murphy said. \u201cWe lean on him for a lot.\u201d Wells, in 13 games with Springfield this past spring, batted .381. The most challenging aspect of playing both sports for Wells comes in the spring and fall, when there is overlap with the regular seasons and offseason training for each. \u201cIt\u2019s good to be back and play ball with them. I have a lot of fun,\u201d Wells said. \u201cI\u2019ve played with most of these kids my whole life. In college ball, you\u2019ve got more kids that hit a bit harder, more kids that throw farther, and they can locate pitches a little bit better. The overall game is just a little bit faster. \u201cIn football, you\u2019ve got faster kids, more athletic kids, kids who can tackle a little bit better.\u201d Murphy has known Wells off the field for about a decade. His son Ryan grew up with him and they played sports together throughout the years. Murphy has not only seen Wells develop on the playing fields, but he\u2019s seen him mature off the fields. \u201cI can call him knucklehead with fondness and get away with it because he knows where it comes from,\u201d Murphy said. \u201cHe leads mainly by example. The young kids look up to him, because they know he\u2019s really good. He\u2019s very humble.\u201d Most of the Legion players still play at the high school level. \u201cDavid\u2019s a college player who just comes in and throws absolute heat, overpowers guys. He throws wicked curves that just drop off the table. He\u2019s a real asset for us,\u201d said Legion catcher T.J. O\u2019Sullivan.