PORT Fairy Cricket Club hopes to hit a home run with its innovative training.
The Pirates invited the Warrnambool Angels Baseball Club to their training session last night as they ramp up preparation for the 2013-14 Warrnambool and District Cricket Association season.
New Port Fairy coach Steve Mirtschin said he knew Angels president Marko Wakim, a teacher, from his school days at Emmanuel College.
Mirtschin, 21, said the training run was a positive for both sports.
“I see connections between the two sports and the game is changing so much,” he said.
Mirtschin said the training run, which he hoped would promote the baseball team, involved “a lot of throwing techniques”.
The Cricket Victoria employee joined Port Fairy in June after crossing from Hamilton and District Cricket Association club Macarthur.
Mirtschin coached Macarthur to a one-day title and runner-up finish in the two-day competition.
The all-rounder said the Pirates had bolstered their playing stocks in the pre-season.
Englishman Phil Coleman will arrive in early November.
The number three bat played with former Port Fairy skipper Aaron Williams at Bentley Cricket Club this English summer.
Southern Grampians brothers Michael and Tom Lambevski have also joined the club.
Michael is a top end bowler and Tom an opening bat who can wicket keep.
“The goals is to play a lot of kids and further their development,” Mirtschin said.
“The main goal is to progress further from last year when they just missed finals.
“I think in general we’ll have a pretty consistent year.
“With the way the conferences are I can see us being in the top half.”
Port Fairy will field two teams in the division one Twenty20 competition which starts on October 12.