Travis Frank to play for McCook Community College in Nebraska next school year. (Photo courtesy of Travis Frank)

Travis Frank to play for McCook Community College in Nebraska next school year. (Photo courtesy of Travis Frank)

Parksville Royals hurler earns scholarship to Nebraska school

Frank came to mid-Island from Terrace to pursue baseball dreams

Travis Frank made the significant sacrifice to be far away from his family because of his deep passion for baseball.

Three years ago he left home in Terrace, B.C. to live on Vancouver Island where he could continue to play baseball at a level not available in his hometown.

Frank had received encouragement from coaches he met at various baseball camps, who pointed out his potential to become a good player, and that led him to make the hard choice to leave home and further his career.

Frank went on to live with a family friend in Nanaimo and attended Dover Bay Secondary, but he chose to play for the Parksville Royals after meeting Royals senior coach Frank Kaluzniak at the Big League Experience held in Oliver, B.C., one of the longest-running summer baseball camps in North America.

He was only in Grade 10 when he joined the Parskville Junior Royals and in the last two years he played for the senior Royals.

READ MORE: Parksville athlete sprints here way to the University of BC

Last February, Frank got some validation for the sacrifice he made in the last three years, as he was recruited to play for McCook Community College in Nebraska.

He recently signed a commitment to attend the school.

“It feels good to get a scholarship,” said Frank.

“It’s been one of my goals. It really makes me feel good that I made the right choice. It was tough. There were hard times but I was able to work through them and got it done.”

Frank, who pitched and played outfield for the Royals, drew the interest of McCook through the recruiting app FieldLevel online, where he has a video that highlighted his pitching, fielding and hitting skills. He was also endorsed by coach Kaluzniak.

“It’s an awesome app because it’s hard to get scouted, especially here in Canada,” said Frank.

Growing up in Terrace, Frank took up hockey, basketball and volleyball up until middle school. He loved baseball but wasn’t able to play it in Terrace. He did join softball leagues but it wasn’t enough to quench his desire to play baseball.

“Softball has always left me wanting more,” Frank recalled. “So I went to a few Honda Blue Jays Camps. Then I went to Oliver and attended the Big League Experience camp. I did that for three years and made some great connections there. They thought I have a future in baseball and would not like to see me waste it.”

Frank is currently back home in Terrace. He is nursing a foot injury which he hopes to overcome before he and his father drive to Nebraska in late August. He said he’s eager to play for McCook Community College Athletics in the National Junior College Athletic Association. He hopes to sharpen his pitching skills.

“I have done some research on the school and look at the players that have gone through,” said Frank.

“It’s a two-year program and from what I have seen, they do a good job of developing players. So I am just going to go down there and work hard and hopefully be able to transfer to a four-year school.”

Frank said he will miss playing for the Royals as has made good friends and forged strong relationships with his fellow players and coaches.

“I have met a lot of good people there,” said Travis.

“I love Parksville. It was kind of weird living in Nanaimo and playing for the Royals but I liked it there and I got to live my passion.”

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

BC Premier Baseball LeagueParksville

Just Posted

The profitability of Victoria International Airport dropped by almost $17 million in 2020 because of COVID-19. (Black Press Media File)
Victoria International Airport revenues in a tailspin

While airport made $9.2 million in profits 2019, COVID-19 brought estimated losses of $7.5 million

(pixabay)
Simpson: Training for snowball fights best done in socks

It’s odd the things our kids do to make us proud

Willow, a kitten belonging to a Victoria family, was rescued by firefighters on Thursday after she got stuck in a basement drain pipe. (City of Victoria/Twitter)
Victoria kitten stuck in basement drain pipe rescued by firefighters

Willow the cat on the mend, owner feeling ‘enormous gratitude’

Terry Fong embraces his best friend Princeton at Incinerator Rock, which became the travelling companions’ favourite spot during five years of exploring. (Cam Shaw photo)
Tofino played key role in inspirational dog’s journey

Terry Fong explains his recently published book, ‘Princeton - A Love Story’

Standardized foundation skills assessment tests in B.C. schools will be going ahead later than usual, from Feb. 16 to March 12 for students in Grades 4 and 7. (Black Press Media file photo)
COVID-affected school year perfect time to end standardized tests: Greater Victoria teacher union

Foundational skills testing of Grade 4 and 7 students planned for February ad March

Justin Kripps of Summerland and his team have competed in Olympic action and World Cup competitions in bobsleigh. (Jason Ransom-Canadian Olympic Comittee).
QUIZ: Are you ready for some winter sports?

It’s cold outside, but there are plenty of recreation opportunities in the winter months

Tourists take photographs outside the British Columbia Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday August 26, 2011. A coalition of British Columbia tourism industry groups is urging the provincial government to not pursue plans to ban domestic travel to fight the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. travel ban will harm struggling tourism sector, says industry coalition

B.C. government would have to show evidence a travel ban is necessary

(Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
‘Targeted’ shooting in Coquitlam leaves woman in hospital

The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries in what police believe to be a targeted shooting Saturday morning

The Gardens at Qualicum Beach is now owned by family-owned The Care Group. (thegardensatqualicum.com)
The Gardens at Qualicum Beach has new owners

Family has travelled to Qualicum Beach for more than a century

Jude Somers of Oak Bay won the 2020 People’s Choice Award for her creation The Santa Train, during Habitat for Humanity’s 12th annual Gingerbread Showcase. (Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity)
Winners of Victoria’s 12th annual Gingerbread Showcase announced

Habitat for Humanity raises over $35,000 with annual event

Snowshoeing is gaining popularity in the community. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
Snowshoes a hot-ticket item in the Comox Valley

Pandemic has sparked demand for trudging through Vancouver Island snow

Apollonian means “serene, calm, or well-balanced; poised & disciplined”. The natural photo art for the album includes Vancouver Island mountains, rivers and beaches. Scenes from the Cowichan River, Witchcraft Lake, Pipers Lagoon, Wall Beach and other popular Island recreation destinations accentuate the album. (RICHIErichieRichie Music Publishing photo)
Serenity Now! Richie Valley debuts third LP dubbed Apollonian

Apollonian means “serene, calm, or well-balanced; poised & disciplined”

A fire sparked at an encampment between the Pat Bay Highway and McKenzie Avenue early Thursday morning. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Residents of Pat Bay Highway encampment to be relocated after early morning fire, site secured for clean up

Eviction notice issued in 2020, not enforced to allow BC Housing to connect with campers

Most Read