WARRNAMBOOL’S newest sporting team is continuing to hit home runs on its way to playing in competitive matches.
Warrnambool Angels Baseball Club played their first competitive game against the Geelong Bay Cats on Saturday after they extended an invitation to assist the fledgling club.
Angel’s president Marko Wakim (pictured below) said it was an incredibly generous offer and he hoped that a lasting partnership could be formed.
“I think they recognised our plight in trying to set up a new club and saw that it would be good for the sport and offered to help out,” he said.
“They asked to come down and have a training session with their players and then to have a hit-out on their world-class facilities.
“They also gave us all kinds of equipment — bases, balls, pads, you name it — to help us out. It’s incredibly generous of them and we are so grateful of their support.
“We are hoping that we can work with the Bay Cats again and even make the day an annual event and they said they could come down here to us and make a weekend of it.”
Wakim said the Angels then played a game against the Bay Cats’ masters side.
“We held our own — I think it ended up a draw,” he said.
“It was great to get the guys that real game play experience and drive their thirst for competition.”
He said next month the Angels would hold a training session with Baseball Victoria and was hopeful another regional club would come along.
“We will have Tom Dicker and Justin Huber down to take training. They are both accomplished players and national team representatives,” he said.
“Huber is a major league player so to have him coming down is great.”
Wakim said the aim now was to bolster the Warrnambool group with new members.
“We’d love to see some more young people coming thorough who want to try a sport that is outside the box,” he said.
“Who know’s we could have a major league player here in Warrnambool.”