Un­der lights

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS -

Im­prove­ments to South Perth Base­ball Club’s bat­ting cages has given play­ers even more time to bet­ter their hit­ting.

SOUTH Perth Base­ball Club can con­tinue to pro­duce out­stand­ing ju­nior tal­ent and US Ma­jor Lea­guers with the re­cent up­grade of its 20-year-old hit­ting cages.

For two decades the club had used the un­cov­ered hit­ting cages with­out lights at the Bill Gray­den Re­serve in Como, which mem­ber­ship di­rec­tor Stu­art Scott said had be­come un­safe.

Through lo­cal and State gov­ern­ment grants, and sup­port from its 150 mem­bers, the club raised $170,000 to up­grade the cages, which was com­pleted last month.

Mr Scott, who has been as­so­ci­ated with the club for about 30 years, said the vi­sion and ex­e­cu­tion of the project was set by last year’s com­mit­tee and in par­tic­u­lar club mem­ber Gavin Bowey, who project man­aged, co­or­di­nated vol­un­teers and con­structed much of the fa­cil­ity him­self.

The up­grade in­cluded mak­ing the cages en­closed and wa­ter­proof, in­stalling LED light­ing and in­creased safety stan­dards.

Mr Scott said the fa­cil­i­ties were now some of the best in Aus­tralia at a lo­cal base­ball level.

“The South Perth Base­ball Club has been ar­guably the most suc­cess­ful lo­cal base­ball club this cen­tury,” he said.

The club re­cently cel­e­brated its 70th an­niver­sary.

Club per­son of the year Gavin Bowey, mem­ber­ship di­rec­tor Stu­art Scott and City of South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty at the open­ing of the new hit­ting cages.

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