Local baseballers set for America
AFTER weeks of counting down to this moment, it has finally arrived for four young local baseball players who will tomorrow see the dream of a lifetime come true.
Woolgoolga High School student Jason Bromell, along with Bellingen High student Aiden Banks and the Kempsey boys Kurt Richards and Tama Nohitima board a plane set for America to commence a 20-day journey to play the best young teams California and Mexico have to offer.
The quartet has impressed head coach Michael Crossland who selected them for the Aussie Expo under-16 tour.
All four baseballers have experience representing their State and have each been together as team members in many different tournaments as well as rivals at the local level but tomorrow they are embarking on the most important tournament of their lives to play against the best on offer.
The itinerary for next three weeks is not only jam packed with eight games against teams such as Redlands in California but it also culminates in the series final being played in a cathedral-sized minor league stadium to a huge crowd of supporters.
After 21 previous tours, the fan base for our Aussie kids has already been established and they can expect a wonderful welcome to each game from host teams and cheering crowds.
Included in this year’s tour are professional coaching clinics from some of the best coaches on offer, major league games hosted by the Angels, a stadium tour as well as functions and baseball shopping days and, of course, the chance to impress the American scouts by doing what they love.
As someone who has played in the United States before, head coach Michael Crossland can’t wait to travel with the youngsters with stars in their eyes.
“I’ve had the chance to live my dream many times over playing baseball in America and it feels so great to be able to assist others in living their dreams,” Crossland said.
In previous years the Expos have had a massive amount of exposure from the local press in California and no doubt the Americans will once again welcome this year’s batch of kids with all their enthusiasm and they will be treated as stars during the three-week stay.