Dy­namic young duo all set to smash home runs

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - Tyler Roodt

THERE aren’t many dy­namic duos in sports, es­pe­cially not ones whose ages are still in the sin­gle dig­its, but two young city base­ballers are cre­at­ing a stir. Seven-year-old ath­letes, Zeake John­ston, from Ot­tery, and Caleb Abra­hams, from Port­land, are close friends who were se­lected for the West­ern Prov­ince un­der 10 base­ball team.

Zeake’s mother, Feli­cia

John­ston, said he had been play­ing since he was two. “Zeake started play­ing for PeeWees at This­tle Base­ball Club and then moved to VOB Base­ball’s un­der 10 team. He some­times even plays for the un­der 12 team, if they are short.

“When the West­ern Prov­ince tri­als started, his coach asked us to send him to the tri­als.”

Caleb’s mother, Judy Hick­ley said: “Caleb re­fused to play in PeeWees when he was younger and has been play­ing for the un­der 10 team from the age of five. He eats, sleeps and dreams base­ball. He will even teach my friends’ kids how to play when they visit.”

Caleb has been play­ing since he was four.

While both have a great love for base­ball, Zeake also en­joys other sports, like soc­cer and cricket. Caleb also plays cricket but would choose base­ball over any other sport in a heart­beat.

“I just like to play base­ball all the time. I did play cricket for my school but base­ball is bet­ter,” said Caleb, adding he hopes to be­come a fire­fighter one day.

Both chil­dren’s par­ents are im­mensely proud of their achieve­ment.

John­ston said: “I’m very proud of Zeake. Since he was a baby he has been in­de­pen­dent and he is al­ways play­ing ball with his dad and grand­fa­ther on the base­ball field.

“He loves the chal­lenge of hit­ting a home run. We are so proud and be­lieve he should be a South African sports­man.”

Hick­ley said: “Caleb has re­ally done us proud and we are glad that he made the WP team, as he loves his base­ball.

“He is a tiny seven-year-old but he’s fast and he knows the game, and where to make the plays.”

Zeake John­ston train­ing his pitch­ing arm on the field.

Zeake John­ston and Caleb Abra­hams dur­ing a prac­tice ses­sion.

Zeake John­ston, a West­ern Prov­ince base­ball prodigy.

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