Wesley Hoskins isn’t a novice at traveling, and no distance is too far for him when it comes to playing baseball.
Hoskins, who was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, was recruited to play first base at Pierce College by assistant head coach Billy Boyer.
Hoskins met and trained with Boyer two years ago, while Boyer coached at Green River Community College.
“That’s when my good relationship with Billy started,” Hoskins said. “(He) played a big role in me coming to Pierce. I knew what Billy was about so I knew it would be a perfect fit for me baseball wise and academically.”
Hoskins, who is leading the team with a .456 batting average and 27 RBIs, credits his success on the plate to Boyer and hitting coach Nate Santiago.
“Coaches Billy and Nate put in a ton of effort for us to have solid approaches at the plate, with the correct mind set,” Hoskins said. “We work on hitting a lot and on doing the little things correct. They give us everything we need, and we just have to use it if we want to be successful. That’s what I have tried to do this entire season.”
Hoskins also commended first-year head coach Kevin Davis for his efforts as well as pitching coach BA Garner for his success with the team’s pitchers.
“I have enjoyed Pierce baseball, it is a great program,” Hoskins said. “Our coaching staff is just a tremendous group of guys with passion for the game, which makes it great to go to practice every day.”
Outside his participation in Pierce baseball, Hoskins is also involved in athletics back home in Johannesburg. At 19, he started playing for the South African national baseball team.
“It’s a great opportunity to play for your country and represent it, in any form,” Hoskins said. “I am very lucky to have represented my country.”
His additional time in South Africa is spent playing baseball for the Edenvale Giants, participating in quick-pitch softball competitively and golfing.
Hoskins parents, Craig and Sylvia, inspired him and his brother Brad at a young age to participate in athletics. His father was a double Springbok player for South Africa, meaning he played both baseball and softball. Hoskins views him as his greatest role model.
“He will be my hero until the day I die,” Hoskins said.
Hoskins has been supported by family and friends in all his endeavors, despite the distance. Hoskins said that while living away from loved ones is difficult, sacrifices are needed to achieve his goals.
His long-term plans are to continue to pursue his career in baseball and see where that avenue takes him. In addition he hopes to earn a degree, but is undecided on a specific area or field. What he does recognize is that he needs to be out interacting and on-the-go, as a job behind a desk is not suited to his lifestyle. Coaching is his leading possibility.
“I might want to be a coach someday and give back to this great game, as it has given me so much,” Hoskins said.
For now, he’s satisfied with keeping his possibilities open.
“Baseball can open many doors to new adventures,” Hoskins said. “So you never know, just got to give it your all.”
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