WARRIORS Baseball Club has all three senior sides in tomorrow’s Tamworth Baseball Association (TBA) grand finals but only two can win.
The Royal Blues play Cougars in the second grade grand final while the senior Warriors and junior Warriors (Rainbow Warriors) match up in first grade on the John Carter Diamond at the Field of Dreams complex.
Warriors are creating a unique record in the TBA with the A grade domination.
It’s something the club didn’t set out to do, club stalwart Robert Chandler said.
“We just wanted to keep baseball alive and have a competitive first grade competition,” Chandler said.
“It has helped our club though.
“It’s the strongest we’ve probably ever been.
“It’s given a few of our second graders the chance to play and become first graders.
“It’s also given a lot of the young kids coming through a chance too.
“It gave a lot of guys a chance to have a crack.
“And they’ve all done well.
“They’ve all improved their baseball and all now believe they are first graders.”
He and his younger, Jeff Chandler, moved from the senior Warrior side at the start of the season to take control of the junior side, which became known as the Rainbow
With the help of a couple of other seniors, Grant Sippel and Mitch Holt, they have enhanced the baseballing of teenagers such as Joey Holt and Sam Holt, Lachlan Ng, James Psarakis, Todd Brazel and George Harradine.
Last Saturday the Rainbow Warriors came from a four-run deficit, twice, to beat Cougars 12-11 in the preliminary final.
Chris Dyson is the catcher for the senior Warriors and part of a side which has won nine of the past 11 grand finals.
He has played in something like eight of those grand finals, as well as the two losses to Cougars in 2010 and 2011.
“They (Rainbow Warriors) have been smashing the ball,” Dyson said.
“Lachlan (Ng) and Joey (Holt) especially.
“But all the young kids have a crack – they come at you all day. They keep playing to the end, like they showed last weekend.
“We won’t be taking them lightly.”
He will catch, with John Warren the starting pitcher.
Warren also has plenty of big-game experience and has been in outstanding form in recent matches.
He is also backed up by an infield boasting a wealth of experience – James Ardill (1st base), Mick Martin (2nd), Ryan Handsaker (3rd) and Jake Forsythe (short stop).
Forsythe is likely to be the senior Warriors “closer” and, with Martin, possesses that extra slice of talent that could swing the game the senior Warriors’ way.