Junior Baseball at Western Cape Inter District shows great promise

This past weekend saw an incredible display of Junior Baseball as the Western Cape Inter District day hosted by the Cape Town Baseball Federation rolled out in Cape Town.

The event saw boys and girls of all ages from Cape Winelands and Cape Town gather at the VOB and Lansdowne Eagles baseball clubs at the Chukker road sport complex in Cape Town.

After some initial weather concerns the Saturday event saw organisers get the ball rolling early with the opening ceremony and all participants doing the traditional pre-competition opening pledge which sees their commitment to South Africa, respect and fair play whilst doing their best.

In addition to the junior baseball matches, moms and dads were entertained by some enthusiastic T-Ball games with coaches and officials all offering the juniors a guiding hand and closeup instruction. T-ball which is played by hitting the ball off a T instead of pitching is generally for children aged four to six and is a fantastic way to introduce children to the game of baseball.

Having now returned from national duties which saw South Africa participate in no less than six world cups this year, the day was made even more special as a number of South Africa’s national team players and coaches were in attendance on the day some just enjoying the atmosphere and some now involved in coaching.

A highlight of the day was the junior women’s baseball teams which again showed the growth of women’s baseball in South Africa.

Although Cape Town was generally dominant on the day it was evident that the talent pool and skills presented by Cape Winelands indicate a bright future for the region.

The full-day event which played out simultaneously on a number of fields with the majestic Table Mountain as a drop back saw a significant number of fans enjoy the day and showcased the excitement of baseball in South Africa which will no doubt be piquing the interest of potential sponsors and local business owners. Said CTBF President Romeo Adams,” I am thrilled to see the participants having so much fun today and I congratulate Cape Winelands on their performance, and the organisers on a job well done.”

Having first completed regional trials this Western Cape Inter District day has now been the next step for athletes to qualify for the Western Cape teams which will participate in the national baseball championships to be held in Gauteng next year.

To see additional images from the Western Cape inter-district tournament click here.