AS A teenager, Logan Wade could have played rugby for the Queensland Reds alongside Wallabies representative and former St Joseph's College Gregory Terrace teammate Liam Gill.
Wade made the First XV team when he was in Year 11, part of a star-studded outfit that also featured Waratahs halfback Matt Lucas and Broncos winger Lachlan Maranta.
While baseball does not enjoy the same profile as rugby union and rugby league in this country, Wade, who has perfected the art of hitting either left or right-handed, said he was thankful he took the pathway he did.
The 21-year-old Brisbane Bandits short stop has just spent his first season playing with the Elizabethton Twins in the Appalachian League, finishing with a batting average of .303 for the Minnesota Twins development club.
Back on home soil, he hit two RBIs for the Bandits against the Adelaide Bite in round one, Brisbane taking the series 3-1.
And the Windsor Royals junior did it in front of a vocal fan club which included his proud parents, with father Greg a former Queensland Rams representative.
Greg enjoyed a decorated career in the game as a player and coach, helping Queensland win its first Claxton Shield in 1982, before going on to become a Toronto Blue Jays talent scout, assisting in two World Series wins.
Of course, having his father's support and wisdom to draw on made Wade's decision to stick with baseball a little easier.
"He's been so helpful. He's not one of the dads that comes up to you and tells you everything about your game and what you're not doing," Wade said.
"He just gives you the key points."
From the time Wade took up t-ball as an eight-year-old, his father taught him the importance of switch hitting - and to never give up at it.
"One didn't really come any more naturally than the other, but I kept at it," Wade said.
"As many swings as I'd take right, I'd take left.
"Even if I struggled and missed all 40, I'd still come back the next day with dad and work on it."
The Bandits will be out to consolidate top spot on the ABL ladder when they host Sydney in a three-game series starting Friday night.
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