Drew thinks it through

Fremantle Gazette - - SPORT -

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 U12 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 U16 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.

Ben Drew couldn’t find what he was af­ter in cricket and tee-ball led to his baseball suc­cesses since.

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