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Elie Feierstein - the only Jewish 18U AAA baseball player in the province

By SCOTT TAYLOR
According to 17-year-old Elie Feierstein, there is nothing in the world he’d rather do than hit a baseball.

 

 

 


Of course, that passion for the game has returned the favor. After all, Feierstein, a member of the Elmwood Giants, is the only Jewish 18U AAA baseball player in the province, was the only Jewish player in the Junior Goldeyes Baseball travel team program and for 2018, was awarded the first ever Junior Varsity Male Athlete of the Year Award at St. Johns Ravenscourt.
Young Feierstein is not only a great ball player, but an outstanding all-around athlete. In fact, he just took part in the Manitoba High Schools Ultimate Provincial Championships and recently returned from the Canada High School Ultimate National Championships held in Ottawa.
Named the St. Johns Ravenscourt Junior Varsity Male Athlete of the Year in 2018 (the inaugural year for the award), he played on the Varsity Male and Coed Ultimate Teams, and on both the Junior and Varsity Basketball Teams. Highlights included playing in the Neuqua Knockout Tournament in Chicago, known to be one of the elite ultimate tournaments held every year.
However, these days, baseball is just about the only thing on his mind – other than school, of course.
Primarily a right-handed pitcher, he also plays first base and third base. He’s currently hitting .300 and has a 2-0 record on the mound. He’s allowed only one walk, nine hits and zero earned runs in 16.2 innings so far this season. In his second start of the season, against the 16U Manitoba Provincial team, he threw a one-hit complete game shutout and had a no-hitter going for 6.1 innings.


His father Max is a former Manitoba Junior Baseball player and Red-Boine Senior League coach. He and his wife Ann got their young son into the game early, playing T-ball before he was six, and he took to the game right away.
“After T-ball, I played rookie ball with the Tuxedo Lightning for three years and then 13U, 15U and now 18U,” he explained. “This year was also my third year, training indoors during the winter with Jon Ali and (Goldeyes star outfielder) Josh Romanski at the Home Run Sports Training Centre.”
Two years ago, Feierstein played in the Junior Goldeyes travelling program and went with the Jr. Goldeyes to a prestigious tournament in St. Louis.
According to his dad, the time Elie spent with Ali in the Jr. Goldeyes program changed him dramatically.
“He wasn’t always an athlete,” said Max. “It’s just been the last three or four years that he’s become an athlete as opposed to a participant.”
“Since working together with Jon Ali, he’s markedly improved,” Max added. “He joined their winter training program and really stepped up. The opportunity to train with the best 2002 born players in the province combined with learning from the HRSTC Coaches has enabled both skill and baseball IQ development. Playing basketball and Ultimate have also made a difference. He plays more than one sport so he’s developed physically in a number of different areas. Now he’s 6-foot, 180-pounds and moves and carries himself like an athlete, not just a kid playing games.”


While he is a tremendous Ultimate player, Elie will admit that his heart is on the diamond.
“I’ve been playing the game since I was very young and hitting a baseball is one of my favourite things to do,” said Elie, who was eight-years-old when he first became a Winnipeg Goldeyes bat boy and spent the next seven years in the dugout. “My goal is to see how far I can take baseball.”
Right now, Feierstein’s goals are pretty simple. He wants to play junior baseball after he finishes high school and see if he might be able to play the game in college. However, he does want to attend business school so that might be a determining factor in his university decision.
“I want to see how far baseball can take me,” said Elie. “I love the game and would like to play it as long as I can.”

 

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