SAINTS player Raiden Wakefield has been crowned the MVP for the Sunraysia Baseball League in the A Grade division.
Other MVP awards went to: Jordan Tatchell, from Hawks (B Grade), Ham Miah, from Wanderers (C Grade) and Ryan Evans, also from Wanderers (Under 16s).
Braydn Douglas and Rahmen Martinez received the Geoff Brown Best Rookie Award.
Mildura Weekly journalist Zoey Andrews chatted to Wakefield after his award win, to get a better insight into the newly crowned baseball MVP.
The 19-year-old freight delivery driver was born and raised in Mildura, and first started playing baseball at age eight.
“Over the years I have played a range of sports, from baseball to basketball to football,” he said.
He first picked up a baseball bat under the influence of an older cousin, who played the game and has played for Saints since.
Not a stranger to accolades, Wakefield has in the past taken out the B Grade best and fairest, in the season the Saints were premiers.
He said his biggest achievement has been playing baseball overseas with the Victorian Kookaburras in 2016.
Sanctioned by Baseball Australia, he was one of 38 players and 10 coaches and officials selected for the tour, for which they spent two weeks in America.
They trained in Dallas before competing in the Ripken Myrtle Surfs Up Tournament in Myrtle Beach.
Admitting he just plays baseball for the fun of it, Wakefield said he doesn’t play the sport to make anything out of it.
“I love playing baseball because the baseball community is such a good bunch of people,” he said.
“I enjoy the challenge of playing in a team with others where there is such little room for error.”
A Grade baseball league MVP Raiden Wakefield.
B Grade baseball league MVP Jordan Tatchell.
Under 16s baseball league MVP Ryan Evans.
C Grade baseball league MVP Ham Miah.