Shoalhaven Mariners: 2016 baseball season starts up

New season: Batter Saxon Reghenzani-Tate during the Shoalhaven Mariners' first round of  baseball. Picture: LISA PEARSON

New season: Batter Saxon Reghenzani-Tate during the Shoalhaven Mariners' first round of baseball. Picture: LISA PEARSON

Junior baseball is on the rise in Australia, and the Shoalhaven Mariners are leading the charge.

The groundwork laid by Mariners head coach Michael Taylor over recent years is bringing results, with around 60 boys and girls between the ages of four to 14 now signed up for the 2016/17 season. Junior baseball for 2016/17 has moved from the Mariners home at Ison Park to The Wool Lane Sporting Complex, which is more central within the Shoalhaven. Junior baseball is played by boys and girls ages eight to 14 years, with modified rules for under 10’s and a Zooka machine pitcher.

Two junior teams have been formed – the Nowra Seahawks, coached by Ben Elliott, and the Bay and Basin Stingrays, coached by Gabe Tate. Round one of Shoalhaven Mariners Junior Baseball was played on October 15. Spectators were impressed with the standard of play from both teams, even at this early stage of development.

Skills, drills and fun are to be had on Friday night at Ison Park, where Michael Taylor runs his T-Ball program with four to seven-year-olds.

Further registrations for Junior Baseball and T-Ball are welcome – call Ben Elliott on 0466045257.

Shoalhaven Council has launched the RID Community Champions Campaign, where illegal dumping at being targeted at a grass roots levels. The Shoalhaven Mariners are participants and over the next six weeks will be working hard to catch out dumpers.

Junior Baseball runs from 10am to11.45am-ish at The Wool Rd every Saturday. 

T-Ball runs on a Friday night at Ison Park 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

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