Zack Sharp first moved to Carlyle in 2006 from Gull Lake, SK. Keeping active he plays a multitude of sports including hockey, volleyball, and golf. He has now entrenched himself in the baseball scene in the area. Having begun playing when he was only four, it’s his love of the game that has helped him achieve success. Playing in the positions of pitcher, catcher, or first base, Sharp likes to have the pressure on him.
At the age of 17, he is in his last couple of months of high school. Sharp has been thinking about his future and wants to become a journalist. With his passion for baseball and his drive to continue schooling, coaches of various colleges in the United States have begun contacting him to play for them.
After making a profile with a recruiting agency coaches began to call if they were interested, which many were and Sharp has received an abundance of calls. Sharp has been contacted by 37 schools at the moment and is simply weighing his options. He wants to combine a baseball scholarship with the best possible education he can get.
“I’ve been cut a lot from different teams, and it’s helped me to grow and work harder. To get into college and to show that I was good enough is a great accomplishment for me.” Sharp stated.
This year he was in fact cut from a Midget Triple A team, told he wasn’t quite good enough. The coach asked him to play for the Double A team and that he might be called up. Pitching his first game with the Weyburn Athletics he pitched a one hit shutout with 11 strike outs. After this showing, he was asked to play on the Triple A team.
After thinking about whether to stay or move up, his decision came easily to him, “I refused to abandon my team.” He had already begun the season and felt that he was on the team that needed him. He was not going to leave them for another, especially “when just a week before I wasn’t good enough for the Triple A.” Sharp explained.
His season began May 1 and will continue into August. Provincials will be held Aug. 3. If they take first place, then the team will play in Westerns. Driving twice a week to Weyburn for practice, he also plays in league games twice a week, with tournaments throughout the summer happening.
His family has supported his baseball career greatly and will continue to do so next year from afar. Currently some of the top schools on Sharp’s radar are Crown College in Minneapolis, Keuka College in New York, West Hills in California, and Alabama State. He is keeping his options open, however, and has applied at many schools. Getting to play his sport and an education is extremely exciting for this youth.