ON the eve of the Major League Baseball opening weekend in Sydney, the Shoalhaven Mariners celebrated the end of a great season with the presentation night at Ison Park. Parents and coaches were thanked for their support during the season, and all players during the season were called up in age groups and presented with medals to commemorate their efforts for the season.
The first up in the presentation area were the ever enthusiastic T ball players, with many who will be graduating to Zooka Ball next season.
The Zooka Ball players were then presented with their medals.
Special mention must go to Jacob Perry-Finley, who also played for the Kiama Braves under 14s during the season and was awarded their batting award.
The representative players for the 2013/14 season were then called up to the stage.
Congratulations to Stephen Pearson (Illawarra u10s), Andrew Pearson (Illawarra u14s), Aaron Taylor (Illawarra u16s) and Murray Lugg (Illawarra u18s and NSW Country).
Finally the U12 Little League team was rewarded for a fantastic first season in the Illawarra Junior Baseball League.
Due to the growth in the junior numbers in 2013/14, the first Shoalhaven Junior Baseball player of the year was presented to Andrew Pearson.
Andrew was an integral member of the little league side, and also played for the Kiama Braves u14s team this year as their catcher.
Andrew played in the Illawarra u14s team at the Coasties Cup in Cherrybrook in July last year, and also in the NSW Country Championships at Berkeley last August.
Andrew will be travelling to the east coast of the USA in July as a member of the Razorback Junior Baseball team.
The final award was for the Little League Most Valuable Player.
Members of the u12s team conducted a ballot, and were instructed to vote 3-2-1 for the player they considered the most valuable member of the team.
The deserving winner of the award was Jayden Brain.
Congratulations to all of the players for a fine season.
Many thanks to sponsors EmbroidMe Shoalhaven, Rice Graphic Images and Star Trophies.
A big thank you also to Ison Park ground manager Terry Haderley.