Wade junior making his own name in baseball
THE Wade name is already synonymous with Australian baseball.
Greg Wade helped Queensland win its first Claxton Shield in 1982, and played for and coached the national team.
Now his son Logan Wade is set to pull on the green and gold shirt and play for his country.
The 22-year-old was picked to make his debut for Team Australia against the ABL World All-Stars in Melbourne tonight.
The Brisbane Bandits short stop was naturally overjoyed to be picked for the ABL's showpiece game, and so was his father.
"He (Greg) was thrilled. He knew it was a goal of mine," Wade said.
"It's something I've wanted to do since I was a little child - to wear the green and gold. I'm delighted."
Wade's rise as a ball player has been a sharp one.
He enjoyed his breakout season in 2010/11 in the Greater Brisbane League.
There he averaged .374 with the bat, before going on to average more than .300 in the last US summer playing rookie ball with Elizabethton, a Minnesota Twins development club.
After being named the ABL's Rookie of the Year last season., the talented switch-hitter is so far in the top-30 batters with a .244 average in 2013-14.
"It (representing Australia) was a far goal from where I was at two or three years ago, but I put in the hard work and now it's finally happened, and it's a real honour," Wade said.
"Starting the season strong and trying to hold onto it has been the key."
Fellow Bandits Ryan Searle, Ryan Battaglia, Andrew Campbell and Josh Roberts will represent Team Australia, while American outfielder Joey Rickard will play for the World All Stars.
The ABL's leading pitcher and American import Mike Ekstrom, who is a Major League representative currently at the Perth Heat, will be tough for the Aussies to score off.
The World All Stars will also benefit from having Casey Frawley on board, the Canberra Cavalry player leading the league's averages, runs and runs batted in.
Team Australia won last season's match 6-4 in a thriller.
- JOSH SPASARO