Sunraysia baseballers Jonty Wilson, Joseph Zaccone and Bailey Edgar, all 13, are all set ahead of this weekend’s Under 14 State Championships. Photo: PAUL MENSCH
SUNRAYSIA will host some of the best junior baseballers from across Victoria in both Under 14 and Under 12 levels over the next two weeks.
The U/14 State Championships will take place this weekend, before the Under 12’s get their chance to shine on July 28-29.
Sunraysia will come up against La Trobe Valley, Ringwood, City West, Diamond Valley and an Allies side combining players from Ringwood, Bendigo and Geelong as part of the championships.
Bendigo will also bring a standalone side for the Under 12 Championships.
Teams will play each other in a round-robin format, with the top two teams to then square off against each other in the final.
Sunraysia Under 14 coach, Andrew Law, said his team was looking forward to the challenge.
“I wouldn’t put it past them making the final,” he said. “Most of the kids who went away last year (to compete at the State Championships) were bottom age players so they have had a few games together now.
“No travel will also make it easier for them, and all the parents can come too which is great.”
Sunraysia Baseball League Vice President for Juniors, Jo Schurr, said the organisation was “in for a massive couple of weekends.”
“We have enough grounds that we will be able to host all these kids while the seniors continue playing,” she said. “We’re hoping these couple of weeks can show Baseball Victoria and Baseball Australia how we can put on a good weekend, and potentially see us host nationals in the future.”
Entry for spectators is free across both weekends, with canteen facilities to also be open.
An opening ceremony will begin at Aero Ovals at 8.10am tomorrow, with the tournament expected to conclude at 3.30pm on Sunday.
Baseball Victoria will also be in Sunraysia all week providing clinics and courses.