Myaree: Selection in the under 14 Australian team is a home run for baseball star

Braves Baseball Club player Flynn McGahan is in the under 14 team Australian team. Picture: Martin Kennealey.
Braves Baseball Club player Flynn McGahan is in the under 14 team Australian team. Picture: Martin Kennealey.

YOUNG baseball star Flynn McGahan will have the chance to pitch himself to international coaches as part of the under 14 Australian team.

The Myaree resident, who plays for the Willagee-based Braves Baseball Club and studies at the John Curtin College of the Arts, will travel to Lismore, New South Wales from August 25 to September 1 as part of the 2018 Australian MLB Invitational.

A total of 64 players from around Australia are travelling to the tournament, which is designed to allow the best 13 and 14-year-old players play competitive games under the guidance of local and international coaches on home soil.

The competition is subsidised by the MLB.

Flynn (14) said it was the first time he had been selected for the Australian set-up.

“They will separate us into four teams and the coaches will be watching us,” he said.

“There are a few players who have been involved with the Australian team before but because it’s my first time, I’m a bit nervous.”

Flynn said he started playing baseball four years ago, after moving back to Australia from England.

“I used to play cricket and baseball isn’t too different, there are just some different rules,” he said.

“I’m a pitcher and a third baseman, you get to be involved in lots of action and it’s fun to throw different pitches.

“My favourite pitch is a slurve, it’s a combination of a slider and curve ball.

Flynn travelled around the US earlier this year as part of World Baseball Showcases, which saw him visit 14 states over two weeks.

“There were players from around the world and we were given the opportunity to play high school teams,” he said.

“It was a really good experience to learn from players and coaches over there.

“I’m hoping to play for a college team in the future, I’d just love to do that.”