Pitch for the world cup

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Gri­er­son

DAR­LING Range Sports Col­lege’s Mad­dux Stivey and B.J. Cooke flew to Central Amer­ica this week to com­pete in the U-15 World Base­ball Cup.

FOR­REST­FIELD high school­ers will fly to Central Amer­ica this week to com­pete in the U-15 World Base­ball Cup.

Dar­ling Range Sports Col­lege’s Mad­dux Stivey and B. J. Cooke made the Aus­tralian team to take on Ja­pan and Cuba in the first rounds of the tour­na­ment in Panama.

Health and fit­ness ed­u­ca­tion teacher Andy Kyle, who runs the school’s base­ball pro­gram and coaches the na­tional team, said the 20-strong play­ers were “as best pre­pared as they could be”.

“They’ve played to­gether in state cham­pi­onships and char­ter tour­na­ments and did a train­ing camp in Syd­ney about a month ago,” he said.

“Mad­dux and B. J. are qual­ity kids; they work re­ally hard through­out the year and have a bright fu­ture ahead of them.

“Mad­dux has strength, a pow­er­ful pitch and bat swing. B. J. is a qual­ity pitcher who plays a num­ber of po­si­tions in the field.”

Aus­tralia’s U-15s will hone their skills at a high­per­for­mance train­ing camp be­fore they land in Panama for the world cham­pi­onships.

Dar­ling Range Sports Col­lege is cur­rently the only WA school with a fulltime spe­cial­ist base­ball pro­gram.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d485364

Mad­dux Stivey, Dar­ling Range Sports Col­lege base­ball di­rec­tor An­drew Kyle and B.J. Cooke.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d485364

School coach Andy Kyle with Mad­dux Stivey and B. J Cooke.

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