Loyal teenager driven to secure Qld success
ON dedication alone, Ipswich Musketeers baseballer Charlie Pietsch deserves higher honours in his sport.
With strong support from his Toowoomba-based family, Charlie travels regularly to train and play in Ipswich and Brisbane.
But it's not just that commitment that secured the promising shortstop and right-handed pitcher a spot in the latest Queensland Schoolboys under-14 side.
As Musketeers official and junior coach Jason McMahon observed: "He's skilful. He's got a good eye.
"Co-ordination-wise, he's fantastic, a good strong arm.''
Charlie, who turns 14 later this year, has been with the Musketeers club for about four years.
Before earning his latest state honour representing Met West in Cairns, Charlie played for Ipswich in the Junior League (under-14) competition.
"His passion for the game is undeniable,'' McMahon said.
"He is an outstanding player but an even better young man. He's real polite.''
Charlie started his baseball career while living in Northern Virginia in the US.
After his family relocated to Queensland, he was eager to continue improving his game.
Charlie appreciated the assistance of Ipswich coaches who have encouraged and supported him, especially having to make the regular trips up and down the Toowoomba range.
"It's been great. The coaches have been really understanding of how I have to travel down from Toowoomba,'' the year 8 Concordia Lutheran College student said.
The improved Musketeers facilities at Tivoli have also assisted the exciting prospect build on his past achievements.
"I have learnt a lot from the coaches and we've got a new batting cage. That has really helped me work on my hitting this year,'' he said.
"And overall the coaches have been really good.''
In Cairns, Charlie was predominantly a shortstop but won a Golden Arm award for his winning pitching effort against Met East.
The state team was scheduled to play at nationals in Canberra before that was cancelled due to the current restrictions.
Before his first state schoolboys honour, Charlie was chosen in Dolphins Invitational teams that played in China (2018) and New Zealand (last year).
He's also been a regular in Brisbane West Wolves sides at state club titles.
With the current sporting shutdown, Charlie has maintained his dedication by following Baseball Queensland development programs at home.
"Just keep myself in shape for next season,'' he said.
Charlie's representative success came after the Ipswich Musketeers GBL Little League team recently advanced undefeated through the summer South Division 2 competition.
The Musketeers Little Leaguers won all 13 matches, scoring 147 runs and only conceding 33.
The winning team was Hudson Rogers, Alleyahno Tuitahi, James McColm, Jakobi Cox, Hunter Ryan, Ambrose Ryan, Anderson Liston, Eli Fields, Sonny Cruice and Liam Bramble. The gun young side was coached by Paul Tuitahi, who was assisted by Matt Cox.