Teen pitcher itching for season to start

IT’S still over a month away from starting but local baseball clubs are busily signing up players for the Tamworth competition.

This Sunday Cougars will be holding a sign-on and training day down at the baseball fields at Carter Street.

One of those keen for the season to start is Brock Ridegwell.

Ridgewell was earlier in the year part of the NSW Country U16s side that won bronze at the National Championships in Geelong.

The Country boys defeated Victoria Blue in their play-off 6-2.

Ridgewell was one of the side’s pitchers. 

He relieved in most of the games and had to come on in pressure situations a couple of times. 

NSW Country finished third of eight teams, with Victoria also felding two teams, and ACT, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland one.

They won six of their games, Ridgewell said, including a 13-7 win over Queensland to secure their spot in the medal play-offs.

Ridgewell said it was a great experience.

“It was quite exciting to go,” he said.

He was pretty happy with how he went and the team.

“It was pretty good. We’re the first country team to get a medal in about 10 years,” he said.

He had a lot of help getting there and is grateful to the local businesses and organisations that helped sponsor his trip.

They included Tamworth Inter Hotel Darts, A1 Windscreens, Avro Glass, Birralee Pre-School, Body Guard, Brad the Window Wizard, Central Hotel, DTM, Farrer High School, Go Glass, John Quinn Radiators, Johnnos Chicken, Johnnos Grab N Gobble, Max Fox Electrical, Northapp, Peel Valley Tiles, Rapid Clean, Tamworth Baseball Inc, Village Tackaway, Wests, Wild West Tattoo, Youngs Mobile Hydraulics and Cougars Baseball Club.

Sunday’s sign-on will be held from 11am and there will be a barbecue to follow 

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Last year the club had A and B grade sides. This year they’re hoping to get up a third side.

Anyone interested in playing for Cougars can call Mal Cramp on 0427 683922 or come down on Sunday.

Cost is $230 for seniors and $130 for juniors (school-age).

The competition will commence on April 27.

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