Having developed an affinity for baseball since about age six, Rempel's dedication to the sport over the years makes it hardly a surprise that he successfully tried out for the under 16 Manitoba Prospects Team last month. With initial tryouts taking place in Winnipeg and Portage La Prairie, the cream of the crop rose to the top during the final screening at a two-day camp in Brandon, where Rempel was chosen to be part of the Prospects Team lineup from among some 50 of Manitoba's best, consequently getting the opportunity to represent his home province at a tournament held over the September long weekend in Swift Current.
Facing off against Alberta and Saskatchewan in the six-game tournament which saw each team play its opponents three times over, the Neepawa native played right field for Manitoba, and also pitched two strikeouts in two-and-a-half innings against Saskatchewan as a left handed reliever. Getting behind the bat, Rempel smoked one ball out of the park with a solo home run which allowed his team to double up on Alberta with a 6 – 3 win during one game, while taking a 10 – 9 loss as well as a 3 – 2 win over Saskatchewan. Overall, the Manitoba boys came out with an outstanding 3 – 1 – 2 record, the best performance to date posted by the province at the event.
The grade 10 student indicated that he thoroughly enjoyed the out of province competition, and learned a few things at the same time.
"It was a great experience," Rempel remarked, "I learned how to throw a new pitch, and the coaches fixed a few things in my batting and pitching – it just helped me learn, and pitch a little more accurately."
Rempel also expressed gratitude for his success towards former Neepawa Farmers and Manitoba baseball Hall of Famer Mike Levandosky, who came out to the tournament in Swift Current, and has been his baseball coach for the last three years.
Locally active with the NACI Tigers hockey team as well as the high school volleyball team, the young athlete also found himself on the Cubs roster last year, where he played outfield, first base, and pitched a few games.
Motivated to compete in various sporting activities, Rempel was also among the chosen few selected to represent Manitoba in the Tri-Province Midget Youth meet in Regina this past summer, where his athletic prowess and all around good physical conditioning soon became apparent. When asked to help out as a starter in the 4 x 1 relay (4 x 100 meters), the 15-year-old played a key role in winning gold for Manitoba; in addition, Rempel also finished a remarkable 6th overall at in the 100 meter dash event.
In the world of baseball, landing a spot on the under-16 Manitoba team is considered a stepping stone to the next level of play, and Rempel has already set his sights on making the Selects team at next summer's tryouts, hopeful of getting the chance to compete at the tournament in Moncton, New Brunswick in 2012.
"I think I might have a good chance at the Selects team next year," he commented, "As the coaches have seen me play."
With regards to future goals after graduation, besides imparting some interest in studying to become a physical education teacher, according to the NACI student, his passion for baseball tops the agenda for his college plans as well.
"I want to try and get a scholarship, and play down in the States."