Priestley gets state call-up
BUNDABERG'S heavy hitter Tyrell Priestley has continued to punch above his weight with a selection in the Queensland under-19 representative side.
The 16-year-old North Bundaberg Eels player showed skills beyond his years in the Queensland under-19 Boys' Championships held at Redlands last weekend.
Priestley played for Bundaberg in the tournament and earned his spot in the representative state team in a spirited performance as short stop and with some well-placed shots from the batting box.
The selection follows on from a Softball Queensland announcement last week that Priestley and fellow Bundaberg Softball Association players Adrian Taylor and Colton Brockhurst had been selected in the Queensland under-17 representative side.
John Nairn, who coached Priestley in Bundaberg's representative under-17 and 19 sides, said the junior continued to impress with skill and vision in defiance of his age.
Priestley first began playing tee-ball in the Bundaberg Softball Association competition at the age of six and now plays for the North Bundaberg Eels men's team.
"Tyrell has developed at a pretty rapid pace and he continues to do so," Nairn said.
"He's a great team player who is highly skilled and he will be one of the backbone players of the team."
Nairn said Priestley's versatility and aptitude for various positions, as well as his strength with the bat, would have been key factors in his state under-19 selection.
"I think he will be used as a utility player because he possesses skills across the board," he said.
"He has a huge score range and he really knows how to choose his shots."
He will be joined on the team by Bundaberg Softball Association product and representative Australian Colts under-19 player Sam Daff, who will be captain.
Priestley will be at the under-17 National Softball Championships in Melbourne from January 8-14 and the under-19 National Softball Championships in Canberra from January 15- 21.
Tyrell has developed at a pretty rapid pace and he continues to do so