A standout on numerous playing surfaces will continue his baseball career at the collegiate level next fall.

Carnduff's Carter Beck doesn't discriminate when it comes to performing at a high level in various sports.

The Grade 12 student is second in scoring in the Saskatchewan AA Hockey League, with 17 goals and 11 assists in 14 games for the South Sask-leading Estevan Bruins.

He was the grand aggregate champion at districts in track and field in the spring, setting a district record for quad (800m, 100m, shot put, and long jump).

He'll be suiting up at regionals in volleyball this weekend.

And now the 2022 Saskatchewan Premier Baseball League MVP is heading to the Bismarck, N.D. area next fall to play outfield with the University of Mary Marauders in the NCAA Division II's Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

"I've just been really excited, to be honest," said Beck on committing to UMary. "I feel a lot better too now that I've made my decision and know where I'm going. That's good to know that all the hard work I've put in, paid off too." 

Beck said UMary's active pursuit of him was a big factor in his decision, along with the fact that he holds their head coach - Tanner Spencer of Craik, Sask. - in high regard.

"They started messaging me probably last summer, sometime. And early summer. And they just kept on. They were always messaging, always seeing what was up. And then I went down there for a visit one time too, and their facilities were all really nice."

Beck, who is primarily a catcher, hit for a .470 average in U18 AAA baseball this past summer, with an on-base percentage of .585 and a slugging percentage of .848.

He also pitched 13 innings in relief, going 2-0 with no earned runs, 26 strike outs, nine walks, and four hit batters.

But it isn't about adding more personal accolades to a trophy shelf that's being structurally strained. Beck is hungry for some big team performances.

"I'd really like to win a provincial [baseball title]. I've never won provincials. I've got second in quite a few. But I'd really like to win one."

He added that a league hockey title is on his bucket list for 2023. He's hoping that the Carnduff Education Complex Tigers can advance past regionals this weekend to provincials. And he's eager to have an even stronger showing this spring in track and field.

Once he's a Marauder, baseball will be the focus, as far as sports goes. He's leaning towards studying accounting at the university, and is looking towards playing professional baseball abroad in the future - possibly in Australia.