Base­ball club runs up 40 years

Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Willetton Base­ball Club started out 40 years ago as a tee­ball club.

It merged with Willetton Wild­cats Soft­ball Club to cre­ate a path­way for young fe­male tee­ballers to con­tinue play­ing to adult com­pe­ti­tion.

It was only 10 years ago that an adult base­ball team was added to the club, and three sea­son ago the club added its women’s base­ball team.

The WBC Wild­cats now boasts nearly 200 tee­ball fam­i­lies with chil­dren aged four to 11 years, 12 ju­nior base­ball teams, three ju­nior soft­ball teams, five se­nior soft­ball teams com­pet­ing at the high­est A grade level, and seven se­nior base­ball teams and a women’s team.

Five hun­dred mem­bers strong, the club prides it­self on be­ing a strong fam­ily club, club chair­man Jes Fitzger­ald said.

“Many fam­i­lies have mums or dads play­ing se­nior base­ball or soft­ball as well as kids in tee­ball and/or ju­nior base­ball and soft­ball,” he said.

“The club con­tin­ues to grow and this off-sea­son we con­trib­uted to the light­ing up­grade of Willetton Park that now al­lows our teams to train un­der lights for the first time.”

A 20-year-old photo shows ju­nior play­ers who were look­ing for a home else­where for se­nior base­ball but have since re­turned to the club af­ter it in­tro­duced its se­nior base­ball divi­sion.

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