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.