Tyrell Priestley hits out at the world’s best
TYRELL Priestley's quiet manner outside the diamond gives no indication of what he can do on it.
And his performance for the Australian Under-19 team at the ISF X Junior Men's World Softball Championships in Whitehorse, Canada, showed what he is capable of.
Over the week-long tournament the Aussie Colts finished with six wins from nine games and placed fourth, the teams they were unable to overcome - Argentina, New Zealand and Japan - were the three that took the medals.
With a sharp eye, quick hands and a powerful swing Priestley can destroy a pitcher's confidence and is one of the most dangerous hitters in the national batting order, his skills were on display from the first game.
Priestley scored the sole home run, and the first for Australia at the tournament, in the 5-1 loss to the Kiwis in the opening game and from then his confidence soared.
When Australia's hopes of playing for a medal were on the line Priestley again starred. Australia was against the USA in the final pool game and needed to win for the chance to take on Japan in the playoff for bronze. Priestley nailed two beautiful hits to help set up an 8-0 win.
The four-week trip was Priestley's first overseas and he said as good as it was to travel he thought the results could have been a little better.
"It was good. It was a good eye opener," Priestley said.
"We went alright, our sticks weren't working all that good we came fourth, and we should have probably done better.
"A few things didn't go right and the opposition was pretty good, pretty tough."
In the Bundaberg men's softball competition Priestley is one of the dominant players and his appearance at the world titles has boosted his confidence, but he said there was no chance he would be over confident when the 2014-2015 season starts.
After a breakout performance on the world stage Priestley plans on playing for Australian again with a place in the men's team, Aussie Steelers, the ultimate goal.