Ballarat team picks up title in masters baseball canival

Gold Diggers made the most of playing on their home patch to pick up a title in the Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival in Ballarat on Sunday.

STRONG ARM: Glen McColl in the field for Doncaster in a 16-1 win over Cods in a 35-plus division match-up. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

STRONG ARM: Glen McColl in the field for Doncaster in a 16-1 win over Cods in a 35-plus division match-up. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

They defeated Pandas 5-2 in the 45-year plus final at Prince of Wales Park on Sunday after going through the preliminary rounds unbeaten.

Gold Diggers have been involved in the event since its inception 2001 – four years after they first mooted the event with the running of the Ballarat Masters Games, which included baseball.

ON THE PLATE: Cameron Scott (Cods) waits for the right pitch at bat in the over-35 division at Prince of Wales Park. Picture: Lachlan Bence

ON THE PLATE: Cameron Scott (Cods) waits for the right pitch at bat in the over-35 division at Prince of Wales Park. Picture: Lachlan Bence

While Pandas missed out in that division, they made it three consecutive 35-plus title by crushing Big Cat Tomatoes 10-1.

Coburg downed Big Cat Tomatoes 4-0 In the 50-plus final after three days of competition.

The carnival attracted almost 400 players for the seventh year it has been back in Ballarat after a stint in Geelong. Entries include teams from Tasmania, Latrobe Valley, Geelong, Werribee, Bendigo, north-east Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.