Gunnedah Giants are hoping to be a force when the new Tamworth Baseball season gets underway on Saturday.
The Giants enjoyed one of their most successful seasons last year with both of the club’s grades reaching the semi-finals.
Along the way they clocked up five or six wins – the most they have recorded for several seasons.
They hit the diamond for a trial game two weekends ago, coming away in A grade with a narrow loss to last year’s runners-up Cougars.
It was an encouraging start stand-in president Brodie Cleal said.
He said the club have welcomed a few new additions to the roster this season.
“We’ve got a few new faces and we’ve got a couple of older fellas coming back that have previously played for us,” Cleal said.
A mix of players from Gunnedah and Tamworth, they will still be the one of the youngest teams in the competition with the average age around 17/18.
Cleal tipped batting as an area they should be better this season.
“We’ve got a few decent hitters. We’ve got a few cricket players coming through
“They should be able to hit a ball,” he said.
Matt Bryant is one of those cricketing talents.
“He’s one our up and coming stars,” Cleal said.
“He’s got a lot of potential.”
Pitcher Grant Sippel will be another key player, Cleal also making mention of Angus Renton.
He’s only been playing for a couple of years but has improved dramatically. They have also been fortunate to retain the services of two of their Taiwanese contingent.