BALLARAT City Brewers Baseball Club has its sights set on the big league.
In a bold move, the club is poised to begin a new chapter in its history, with the entry of two senior teams in the upcoming Baseball Victoria summer competition.
This will be the first time in 40 years that a Ballarat team has played in the premier metropolitan competition.
“It is a very exciting time for the club,”said Brewers president Alan Collins. “We’ve known for a long time that the future of our club – and of Ballarat baseball – depends very much on our having a summer presence.”
The Brewers will field two teams under the ‘Ballarat City’ banner, with new playing tops to distinguish the teams from their winter counterparts.
The club will play against North West Titans, Footscray, Chelsea, Monash University and Ormond/Glenhuntly, all established Melbourne clubs that will provide quality opposition.
“We are going into this with our eyes open,” Collins said. “We know that the first season will be tough, but our goal is to win division three and gain an early promotion.
“Most of our winter list has committed to play ... with the right structures in place and with an expected boost in junior participation, we see that as a realistic goal.”
The 2013-14 Baseball Victoria Summer League season starts on the first weekend in October, with the Brewers playing their home games at the Prince of Wales Park.
“We are negotiating with other clubs to play as many home games that we can as Saturday twilight fixtures,” Collins said. “That will give us the best chance of creating some local interest and getting kids and parents involved.”
The club has also turned towards developing its juniors.
A Rally Cap program will be held on Sunday, October 20 and run through to early December, where youngsters supply coaching for children aged five to 12.
It will also oversee a primary school competition on Friday evenings.
For more information on Rally Cap and junior baseball contact Dave Myers on 0427 830 190.