Girls’ home run
THE state’s top female baseballers are getting an extended chance to play against top talent after the state governing body officially launched a new elite league.
Baseball WA has announced the Women’s Super League to aid ITS stars’ development by providing them with increased opportunity to compete at the highest level.
The Super League will run October to March and feature two new teams, the Jets and the Force, who will draft the top local female talent to build their rosters.
Both teams will play one game against every Big League Division One side, made up of the state’s top under-19 men and women, and will face off against each other four to six times.
Women’s Baseball co-ordinator Peter Torpy said the Super League was overdue and would provide female baseballers with the “perfect opportunity” to perform at a high level.
“For a number of years now, we have worked on a way to improve the pathways and opportunities available to our female athletes,” he said.
“It will be an important platform to provide our aspiring athletes with a higher level of competition, placing them in good stead when competing at nationals and for the Emeralds.”
Torpy believed it could help baseball secure players who had previously slipped through the cracks and moved to other sports.
Women’s Heat star Kaila Borgomastro, young gun Caitlin Eynon, Nationals gold medallist Tamika Turner-Hames and Brianna Lesson have signed on to appear in the league so far. THREE Aubin Grove United juniors have been given a chance to impress the scouts of one of the English Premier League’s most respected clubs.
Bailey Pilton, Chizurum Ibe-Kelechi and Enoch Beloti Felolo are headed to Queensland next month after they were selected for West Ham United’s Talent ID Camp.
The trio were chosen after impressing coaches at a recent West Ham camp in Perth and now will have a chance to catch the eye of Hammers’ scouts at the fourday camp, beginning September 21.
The camp will feature coaches from West Ham’s famed youth academy, which has previously produced stars such as Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand, among other internationally-capped players.
Aubin Grove United president Matt Longden said it was an exciting moment for the club and a fantastic opportunity for the three players.
“Two of the kids are in my team, it’s fantastic. Ten years ago you would’ve never heard of something like this,” he said.