Field of dreams awaits
THEY say that you make your own luck with hard work and dedication and this is exactly how it has happened for Year 10 Woolgoolga High School student Jason Bromell.
Bromell will be heading to the USA in June for a 17-day baseball program with the under 16s Australian Expos baseball team after being selected by local talent scout and head coach Michael Crossland.
The Aussie Expos are playing a three-game series in Los Angeles and a five-game series in Redlands California with a strong possibility of playing the decider at a minor league stadium. They will be visiting Los Angeles, Orange County, San Pedro as well as Redlands in California.
The tour also includes professional coaching and clinics which are not only professional and informative, but teach skills to develop far more than what a player could have received in Australia.
Talent scouts are always present when teams like this tour and from last year’s tour, three players were successfully placed into a junior college program and are currently living their baseball dreams playing six days a week.
Bromell has just returned from the National Baseball Tournament in January when Crossland first saw him in a local club game that he came to enjoy.
After the game, the head coach had a throw with the talented youngster and spoke with him about his life and goals and only hinted that he was involved in baseball at a higher level.
Crossland then contacted his parents and requested his pitching and fielding stats from the Nationals as well as speaking at length with his local Allstars club coach Chris Cook about Jason and his attitude and maturity as well as his dedication to the sport.
“We were totally blown away with Michael’s phone call, however, we did expect this or something similar someday,” happy parents Darren and Jacqui said.
“Jason has always said that he wanted to play baseball for Australia and in the USA since the first year that he took up the sport, we replied that if he did his best in whatever he chose we would back him all the way and he has never stopped believing that he would one day achieve this goal.”
Jason has forsaken so much in dedication of his chosen sport and trains most days.
He spends many hours touring the eastern seaboard in the backseat of the family wagon between training and games and last year alone made the journey to the Olympic Park in Blacktown over 20 times in the season for State league and still manages his school work to a more than satisfactory level.
Tour highlights in June include Major League Baseball Games, Stadium Tours, Disneyland and baseball gear shopping galore.
Stay tuned for fundraising events and raffle tickets to help get Jason to the big time and make his dream a reality.
Anyone wanting to help Jason can contact him through his Dad on 0437 493 696.