Colac hunting for veteran baseballers

COLAC’S veteran baseballers are scouting for players for a Ballarat tournament.

Colac will send a 35-and-over squad to compete at Ballarat’s Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival in March.

Experienced baseballers will have the opportunity to play for the first time under lights at Ballarat’s premier baseball facility at Prince of Wales Reserve.

Colac Braves president Dave Dickson said he hoped to organise a squad of “15 to 20” players to contest this year’s Victorian Masters.

“We’re looking good at the moment and we’re still chasing a few inquires that we’ve had,” he said.

“We’re always looking for more players because it’s a fairly rigorous tournament over the three days – there’s two games every day.

“It does get quite busy particularly for the pitchers and we’d love to be able to take a squad of 15 to 20; particularly on those days with the double headers.”

Colac competed in the Masters in 2008 with mixed results and Dickson said the team hoped for better results this time.

“We were lacking pitchers at that time but the guys had an enjoyable time,” he said.

“It gave some of us an idea of what it’s all about; it was the first masters tournament for a few of us.

“We are particularly looking forward to the Ballarat tournament being the first competition on their new diamond.

“There is a chance we will play on the new surface and we might be lucky enough to get a game under lights with their AAA standard lighting.”

Ballarat and the Geelong Baseball Centre at Waurn Ponds can host night matches.

“It’s fantastic for western Victoria to have two baseball facilities with high-quality lighting to be able to host night games; it’s just a fantastic achievement,” Dickson said.

“We always want to support Ballarat baseball who have always been good to us in the past.”

Braves pre-season training has started at Colac’s Eastern Reserve and Dickson said he encouraged anyone interested in playing to come for a trial.

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