De­light as duo make squad to­gether for first time to take shot at world ti­tles in South Korea

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

THIS year marks Kim McMil­lan’s fifth baseball world ti­tles but with sis­ter Tammy also se­lected, it’s shap­ing up to be the St Marys base­baller’s best yet.

Born into a fam­ily of baseball lovers, McMil­lan started pitch­ing when she was just three. She made her in­ter­na­tional de­but in 2008.

De­spite her ex­pe­ri­ence McMil­lan, 26, said it was an hon­our to be se­lected. “It’s al­ways an ad­van­tage, of be­ing in it pre­vi­ously, but there are so many tal­ented young girls com­ing through,” she said. “I still get the same buzz every sin­gle time I go out there.”

With younger sis­ter Tammy se­lected for the first time, McMil­lan said this year would be spe­cial. “We are both pretty much over the moon, this is our child­hood dream,” McMil­lan said. “My sis­ter lives in Queens­land and we have played against each other at a na­tional level for five years – it will be awe­some to play to­gether.”

McMil­lan, a pitcher and first base player, agrees with coach Si­mone Wearne the team is com­pet­i­tive. “We are al­ways around that bronze medal mark and now we are hop­ing with the youth to add some speed,” she said.

Aus­tralia take on the US, Chi­nese Taipei and Hong Kong in the pool round, which will be­gin on Septem­ber 3 in South Korea.

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