West Australian pitcher and Swan Districts player Tyson Noel has committed to Cochise College in Arizona.
Tyson previously represented WA at junior level and competed overseas at the Senior League World Series.
The 17-year-old left hander took part in the National Junior Squad and now looks forward to his future at Cochise, which has produced 13 MLB signings in the past seven years. Tyson hopes this next step will help him reach his goal of attending a four-year college.
"It feels great to commit to college. It has been a long process and I am glad I am going to play at a good program with good coaches," Tyson said. "I am looking forward to working with Coach Nelson and Coach Inglehart to help improve my pitching and also competing at the college level."
Looking ahead to the next few years, Tyson has big plans. "I want to to perform at the CC level so I can move on to a D1 school and then hopefully progress to pro baseball."
Tyson knows none of this would have been possible without the support of his beloved club. "Swan Districts has been great. This is where I learned to love the game. I have had a lot of good coaches and have made a lot of lifelong mates."
From playing in the Cal Ripken World Series twice to representing his hometown in the U16 National Championships and the U18 National Camp, Tyson has made plenty of baseball memories with the help of his family and friends.
"I'd definitely like to thank my mum and dad, Mark Petit, and all the coaches I have been involved with while playing. Also, thanks to Andrew Riddell who has guided me through the process with great support."
Tyson says other baseballers who want to go to college should be prepared to work hard. "Just work as hard as you can and listen and learn from your coaches. It's okay to fail but how you react to it is the important part."