Levi steps up to the big leagues

Levi Duyckers (centre), Byron Armstrong and Lincoln Kempton are off to the US to compete in the Cal Ripken World Series. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d403334
Levi Duyckers (centre), Byron Armstrong and Lincoln Kempton are off to the US to compete in the Cal Ripken World Series. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d403334

The budding Wembley Baseball Club athlete (12), who trains four times a week, said it felt ‘awesome’ to be one of four WA players chosen for Maryland’s Cal Ripken World Series (CRWS).

Levi will travel with fellow Perth players Byron Armstrong and Lincoln Kempton.

The Servite College Year 7 student’s win brings him a step closer to his goal of one day being signed in the US.

‘I want to go to college there and play majors,’ he said.

Proud mum Bek Duyckers said training sessions with Wembley Magpies head coach Ryan Schurman had helped pushed Levi into the top 2 per cent in WA.

‘Levi is quite a big kid for his age – he’s probably almost 5’8′ now and about 70kgs – so he’s not small,’ she said. ‘That’s why he’s such a good power hitter.

‘Because of his size and being quite a bit stronger than the other kids, they actually got him playing up in the little league games.

‘And he was quite scared of it at first’