Since joining GLC at 14u, Dylan O'Rae has continuously grown as a player. As he heads into his 18u season, he'll look to finish strong before heading off to the University of Illinois.
The left-handed hitting shortstop's presence has been a constant inside the walls of GLCs facility, Centrefield Sports, from a young age, taking part in camps at the facility as a child. The hours spent in the facility and on the field have led him to this point. He was named to the Canadian Junior National Team's roster this past fall, named the CPBL All-Star Showcase MVP, and signed his national letter of intent to Illinois.
During his time with GLC and under the tutelage of the coaching staff, O'Rae has evolved on and off the field, stating, "GLC has given me the opportunity to grow as a player and a person each and every day I have spent with them. Being around the coaching staff and learning from them has allowed me to develop so much over my years spent in the program."
Along with developing, O'Rae has done a lot of winning since joining GLC. Most recently taking home the 17u trophy in the CPBL Playoffs.
O'Rae, who excelled during the course of the season, found another gear during the course of the playoffs, capped by a two-home run game. The run throughout the 2021 playoffs is the most notable memory O'Rae has while wearing a GLC uniform.
"My favourite GLC moment so far is the 17U CPBL playoff run, which ended in a CPBL Championship win. I have also enjoyed my time playing, practicing and training alongside my teammates who have become a family to me," he said.
O'Rae looks to create more memories before heading off to Illinois, the alma mater of GLCs Director of Baseball Operations, Chris Robinson.
O'Rae became the first GLC player to commit to Illinois, and it was a decision that made sense for many reasons for the Sarnia, Ont. native.
"Illinois is a good fit for a lot of reasons. After building a good relationship with the coaching staff there, and learning about their program and culture, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of," said O'Rae.
"In college I'm looking forward to chasing a Big Ten Championship and a chance to play in Omaha in the College World Series."
Infield Coordinator, Jeff Helps, noted that O'Rae "just keeps getting better. He comes in a compact package that has speed, power and a glove. He changes the game with his ability and his Baseball IQ. He is a standout, a stud and he will be missed in our uniform."
O'Rae's goal this off-season is to prepare himself for a "big spring/summer season" and college baseball.
His advice to the upcoming crop of GLC players;
"My advice for younger GLC players is to continue to put in the work and have fun playing the game. You will get what you work for," said Dylan O'Rae, 2022 GLC Grad.