Year 9 student Jack Tearle has taken out top honour at Baseball South Australia’s 2016/17 season awards ceremony, placing in the Top 10 for outstanding achievements and awarded the Youth Most Valuable Player (MVP) medal for U15 Division 2.
Pitching, catching and batting for Gawler Rangers Baseball Club, Jack has enjoyed a remarkable summer season. Earning points for each game of play based on the umpires’ vote for most outstanding player of each match, the ‘3, 2, 1 vote’ scores were totalled at the end of the season and provided a ‘Top 10’ of players invited to attend the special evening of awards and accolades.
And…to top it all off, last Sunday Jack was awarded U15s MVP at the Gawler Rangers Baseball Club’s presentation day. Jack’s competence and accomplishments have been honoured as the best-performing player in his league.
Jack took to the pitch at the age of seven or eight and has never looked back. Encouraged by his dad, who also played baseball in his youth, Jack noted that his dad was always his strongest support.
“Dad was so proud when I won the award,” Jack said.
“Dad played when he was a kid and is the assistant coach for us now.”
With his dad assisting on the pitch throughout each Sunday game, he also plays a big role in training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday nights at Karbeethan Reserve, Evanston Gardens. The club caters for all ages, male and female with mix teams playing in the regular Adelaide based metropolitan competition governed by Baseball South Australia.
Though the baseball summer season has just concluded, Jack will continue on with play throughout the winter months with Winterball, played between northern clubs.
“[We play] in the rain,” Jack said.
“The only reason it would stop is for lightning. Holding metal bats in the air isn’t a smart idea.”
With his passion for the sport further heightened by receiving the MVP awards, Jack’s dream is to one day “play baseball in America for the New York Yankees and be the main pitcher.”
Continue to dream big Jack! St Columba College looks forward to following your story and of one day becoming a Major League Baseball player.
Mrs Amanda Fryer Marketing & Communications Officer