A GROUP of Warrnambool West Primary School pupils is looking to hit its opponents out of the park in the Victorian tee-ball final in Melbourne today.
The grades 5 and 6 girls’ side qualified for the state final after winning a Warrnambool and district competition and then getting a walkover in the zone decider.
Steve Griffin, a teacher’s aide at the school, said the girls were winners even before they embarked on an arduous trek to Melbourne this morning.
“They are pumped, over the moon,” he said. “West is the smallest school in Warrnambool now and to be able to do this is pretty big. It’s pretty amazing.”
He said such was the school’s size, it had only been able to field a girls’ side in the district event.
Griffin said the girls had been mentored by the fledgling Warrnambool Angels Baseball Club, with several members running coaching sessions with the pupils.
“There are some girls in the team who just don’t do sport and it’s really good to see them engaged in this,” he said.
The team, unable to fund an overnight stay, left Warrnambool at 4.30am this morning bound for Wheelers Hill, where it starts its state championship campaign at 9.15am. That match is the first of three round-robin games before finals.
Warrnambool Primary School’s boys’ team is also in action today.