MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Baseball in high school is back in the Mid-South, and that is especially good news for a Whitehaven first baseman.
As far back as he can remember, Ty’Carien Young always had a passion for baseball.
“The love of the game just came from being out there with other people who love baseball like me. It has only been there since I started playing, day one on the court, “said Ty’Carien.
“He loves the college game, he loves the pro game, he always talks about it with his peers. It’s really a pleasure to see it, “said Whitehaven baseball coach Galvin Sims, Sr.
But he plays the game a little differently than everyone else.
Ty’Carien was born with Erb’s paresis, which means that his right arm is shorter and less developed than his dominant left arm, but that does not stop him from playing the game he loves.
“I do not think there is a limit! If you think you can do it, you might as well give it a try, ”said Ty’Carien.
Ty’Carien invented a special field technique, and caught and threw the ball with his left side. He makes the game, pushes the glove off in the right arm, and then grabs the ball with his left hand, all in a smooth and effective motion.
“I trained at home, trained, at a cooking, family reunion, all that,” Ty’Carien said. “I just believed in myself that I could do it, like everyone else.”
He even developed a turn as well, and made himself a quality ball player.
When he entered high school, Ty’Carien aimed to be the best, and chose to pursue a career at the Whitehaven High athletic powerhouse. Although he did not achieve varsity during the first trials, the passion and drive was undoubtedly.
“I saw something that led me to just keep him in my heart,” Sims said. “I had to keep him in the program.”
“I want to compete for my position every day. But I also love baseball, ”said Ty’Carien. “So if I just have to get out here and pick balls every day, I want to do it, because I’m around the sport.”
Now a junior first baseman, Ty’Carien has developed into a true contributor to the Tigers. Coaches say he is one of the hardest workers on the list.
But perhaps the biggest compliment they can give him is that he has simply become one of the guys.
“If we warm up, he warms up. If we throw, he throws. If we hit, he strikes. If we clean up, he’s cleaning up. There is no difference in his approach than anyone else is on the team. He is one of us, “said Sims.
“It’s amazing because you can go to a school where they can make fun of you. But my team, they love me, and I love them, ”said Ty’Carien. “And my coaches treat me like everyone else, and that’s all you can ask for.”
Teammates and coaches may view Ty’Carien as just another member of the team, but there is nothing to deny the special impact his hard work and dedication has on everyone around him.
“It gives me joy. Sometimes it gives me chills. Just to see a child work so hard, ”Sims said. “It makes me feel good.”
“I want to make a good impression on my younger teammates and just be a good role model for everyone out here,” said Ty’Carien. “It does not matter if you have one arm or two arms, you can still do everything you want to do out here.”
Ty’Carien says he will stick to baseball when he goes to college and beyond, even if it means being a team leader or working for a team.
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