Base­ball proves one fine catch with youth


BASE­BALLER Lwazi Mlon­dolozi, is on a mis­sion to re­vive the sport.

The Billy Ma­gen­gelele Base­ball Re­vival Pro­gramme was launched in Mdantsane on May 27 at Sakhile Pri­mary School, where Ea­gles coach and base­ball player, Mlon­dolozi, in­tro­duced the finer skills of the sport to at­ten­dees..

The aim of the pro­gramme is to hon­our the late Sithembiso Ma­gen­gelele, who was a well-known coach in the sport.

The GO! pre­vi­ously re­ported (“Base­ball proves a hit” May 31) that the aim of the pro­gramme is to re­vive the sport in the East­ern Cape.

“The club has since man­aged to get as­sis­tance from Play Global in the United States of Amer­ica. The or­gan­i­sa­tion sent down an in­ter­na­tional coach, Zach Graes­fer, to the East­ern Cape to assist with skills in de­vel­op­ing the code of base­ball. It was then that the club saw it as an op­por­tu­nity to go on a big­ger scale and not to fo­cus only in Mdantsane, but to visit all the dis­tricts that are par­tic­i­pat­ing in base­ball in the prov­ince,” Mlon­dolozi said.

“As much as base­ball is not a pri­or­ity code in the de­part­ment of sport, re­cre­ation, arts and cul­ture (DSRAC), we ap­proached them to assist us in terms of trans­port and ac­com­mo­da­tion in three of the dis­tricts that we vis­ited: Al­fred Nzo, OR Tambo and Nel­son Man­dela Bay.”

Dur­ing vis­its to var­i­ous dis­tricts, pupils and coaches were taught the ba­sic skills of base­ball from how to hold the bat, pitch­ing the ball, and swing­ing the bat.

“We have man­aged to reach out to 436 kids and 35 of­fi­cials with only 13 schools par­tic­i­pat­ing. Un­for­tu­nately, close to 30 schools could not make it due to ex­am­i­na­tions,” Mlon­dolozi said.

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DREAM TEAM: Cam­bridge High School’s un­der-15 net­ball team proudly dis­play their sil­ver medals which they re­ceived at the re­cent East­ern Cape Net­ball Cham­pi­onships. They also qual­i­fied to play in the Kay Mot­sepe U15 Schools Net­ball na­tional tour­na­ment...

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FINER SKILLS: In­ter­na­tional coach Zach Graes­fer or­gan­ises R.H Godlo Ju­nior Pri­mary School pupils in Mdantsane dur­ing the Billy Ma­gen­gelele Base­ball Re­vival Pro­gramme

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