CRICKET’S loss is baseball’s gain when it comes to North Coogee teenager Ben Drew.
He played in an introductory cricket program but was disappointed when he realised he wasn’t old enough to play real games and wouldn’t be allowed to play up a grade in order to do so.
The eager young sportsman quickly swapped to tee-ball and his progression since then has been at lightning speed.
After being selected for the Teeball Supersquad in 2013 as one of the 24 best under-12 tee-ballers in the state, he has won more than a dozen accolades, including the Willetton Baseball Club Little League Club Champion, Junior League Club Champion and league MVP in both 2015 and 2017.
He has represented WA at the National Championships for the past four years in a row and will be trying out for the State under-16 team in the next few weeks.
All that on top of playing for four different teams, including club baseball for Willetton in the Senior League, Big League and AA league, as well as playing for the Perth Metro Central Charter.
The 14-year-old also gives back to the sport he loves, coaching the younger members of the club.
Ben said he trained up to five times a week and hoped to one day play in the US college league and maybe even Major League Baseball.
“It is a thinking and strategic game which I like – you have to think about each play before it happens in order to play well and win the game,” he said.
“I love to play third base because the ball is hit hardest there and you have to react really quickly so it’s a challenge, but I’m also a strong batter and when you hit the ball hard and a long way it is a great feeling.”
Ben has been nominated in Community Newspaper Group’s Local Sports Stars competition.
Name: Ben Drew
Category: Junior Sports Star-Individual