Jack crowned baseball MVP

ST Columba College student Jack Tearle has been crowned the most valuable player in Baseball South Australia’s under 15 division two competition at an awards ceremony, held recently.

Tearle – a pitcher, catcher and batter – attended the ceremony alongside nine other top 2016/17 season vote-getters from his division.

After starting his playing career around seven years ago, Tearle, 14, said he and his family were very excited to hear the good news.

“Dad was so proud when I won the award,” he said.

“He played when he was a kid, and is the assistant coach for us now.”

Tearle said he is lucky to have had his dad’s support along his journey, and loves that they share a passion for the game.

In addition to his statewide success, Tearle also took out the most valuable player for his home side, the Gawler Rangers Baseball Club.

Success hasn’t come without effort, with the budding star showing great commitment to his twice a week trainings, and weekend games.

With the summer baseball season now completed, Tearle will continue to take to the field in the northern winter competition.

“(We play) in the rain,” he said.

“The only reason it would stop is for lightning – holding metal bats in the air isn’t a smart idea.”

The talented all-rounder said he has ambitions of taking his baseball much further, and hopes to, one day, play among the world’s best.

“(I want to) play baseball in America for the New York Yankees, and be the main pitcher,” Tearle said.

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Growing up in Roseworthy and attending Kapunda High School, Laura joins The Bunyip in June, 2016 whilst completing the final year of a double degree in Journalism and International Relations at University of SA. This is Laura's first role as a Journalist following a stint at Gawler Council in the Communications Department. She will cover the news in the Playford and Mallala council regions. Outside of work, Laura enjoys anything health and well-being related, and can be regularly seen shopping for fresh, healthy produce at local markets.

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