On base for fun times

The Quach siblings Baili, Ashli 13 and Jet 14 at Sunshine baseball club.

By Ewen McRae

Sunshine Baseball Club is hoping to build on the success of the new winter season as it prepares for a big summer.

With the first season of the Western District Winter League wrapping up, the larger summer league has become the focus, and with it has come a need for more players.

The club will hold come-and-try days throughout August, with junior co-ordinator Glenn Letts saying they were a good chance for anyone thinking about giving the sport a go.

“It’s really just a way of giving people a feel for the skills you need to play the game and then they can decide from there if they’d like to sign up,” he said.

“For us, it’s more about participation, so we’d welcome anyone of any ability, boys or girls of all ages – everybody is welcome to come and give it a go. We really focus on enjoyment.”

Each day will involve a few drills, the chance to test your arm against a radar gun and a game, followed by a sausage sizzle.

Letts said baseball, as a minority sport, had to work to recruit and retain players.

“We find most people that come down really do like the day,” he said. “They’re smaller teams than some other sports so you’re always in the game, it’s non-contact, so it’s a safe sport for the kids, and most of all it’s lots of fun.”

The come-and-try days will run from 2-4pm on consecutive Sundays starting on August 12. Details: Glenn Letts, 0421 970 767