Sharks aim for US trip
THE Coastal Bay Sharks are daring to dream of playing in the Little League World Series in America.
The Sharks are one of seven WA teams aiming to represent Australia in the international junior baseball competition televised on ESPN.
But first they need to negotiate the State Championships at Easter to earn the right to participate at the under-12s national level in Lismore, NSW.
Joining them in the competition will be the Firebirds, Eastern Phantoms, Northern Metros, Southern Titans, Southern Hills and Swan Aces.
The top five WA teams will compete in Lismore in June.
Firebirds team manager Michael Muller is confident his little league team can go far in the competition.
“We have a very strong team and we have been training hard,” he said.
“Our head coach Glen Tovey believes this one of the best little league teams he’s coached.”
The Firebirds, formerly the Sluggers, are a charter team comprising top players from the Willetton and South Perth baseball clubs and are a development team for younger players in state tournaments.
They have competed as part of the metropolitan charter for nine years.
The WAn State Championships will be held at Mateljan Park in Madeley over five days. starting yesterday.
Should the Firebirds progress to Lismore and win the National Championships, they will qualify for the World Series and compete in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in August.