BIG OPPORTUNITY: Rising local basbeballer Lindsay Barbary has signed with West Torrens for the 2016/17 season. Photo: PAUL MENSCH
HAWKS Baseball Club rising star Lindsay Barbary has taken another step in his promising career by being selected in West Torrens’ Under 15s squad for the 2016/17 season.
The 14-year-old was invited to join the Eagles following an impressive performance at this year’s Riverland Baseball League Invitational.
An emerging right-arm pitcher, Lindsay said he was excited about having the opportunity to play in the South Australian Baseball League.
“I got asked, and I thought it would be a great chance to get more game time,” Lindsay said.
Along with testing himself against the best underage baseballers in South Australia, the St Joseph’s College student will be coached by former Olympian Andrew Scott.
“It will definitely help my batting, because ‘Prok’ (Luke Prokopec, Lindsay’s Riverland coach) is a pitching coach,” he said. “Andrew is good with infield and batting, so that’s a different aspect of the game that I can work on.”
Despite having to travel every weekend to Adelaide, Lindsay said the commitment “will definitely be worth it.”
A die-hard Boston Red Sox fan, Lindsay said he shares his passion for baseball with his father, Corey.
“I started playing baseball when I was four, and I guess when you are that little you don’t have a choice,” he laughed. “I just kept playing and it was great fun.”
Not afraid to dream big when it comes to his baseball, Lindsay is hoping to secure an American College scholarship once he finishes secondary school.
“You can either make it (as a professional) by playing for the Adelaide Bite (Australian Baseball League) and being seen by a scout, or by going to college,” he said. “There is more of a chance to get picked up at college, so hopefully I can keep my grades up.”