TAMWORTH won’t have an A side at the Country Baseball Championships in Nelsons Bay this weekend but it will have a B team playing in the Country Championship B Division.
Two young ladies – Natalie Crittle and Emily Castles – will also be playing, Crittle, a Cougar second grader, with Central Coast and Country Under 15 representative Castles with Illawarra.
Brock Ridgewell is also off to Nelsons Bay with the Country Under 16s and a B Division tournament that will see him line up up against the Tamworth B side at some stage, manager/coach of the Tamworth B side Craig lee said yesterday.
“It’s a handy side too,” he said of a side that contains the likes of first grade stars John Warren, Kris Bird, Trent Ashen and Scott Hurn.
“We’ve got a fair bit of experience and a lot of youth too with Aiden Lee, Tod Brazel and Caleb Miller.”
Gunnedah’s Zac Wheatland, Jeremy Bird, Brian Hopton, Dave Belt and Scott Bruton (Coffs Harbour) are also in the 12-man squad.
“Johnny and Jake Forsythe played for Coffs last year and helped them to a B grade title,” Craig Lee said.
“This year, Johnny’s playing for us.
Warren will lead a good pitching rotation also spearheaded by Kris Bird.
“It’s a big weekend,” Lee said.
“We play seven and half hours of baseball each day.
“We have three games Saturday, two on Sunday and then a re-seed game before the final on Monday.
“We’re hoping to be in that top four after the re-seed.”
Tamworth plays Central Coast first up tomorrow morning, the first of three games on the opening day.
“John Warren will pitch that,”Lee said.
“It’s important we get a good start.”