US BOUND: Andrew Garner, Michael Crossland and Sam Langler are about to embark on a 21-day baseball tour of Hawaii and California. Photo: Bruce Thomas
US BOUND: Andrew Garner, Michael Crossland and Sam Langler are about to embark on a 21-day baseball tour of Hawaii and California. Photo: Bruce Thomas Bruce Thomas

Students hit a home with chance of a lifetime to play in US

TWO local baseballers are about to embark on a trip of a lifetime when they head to the United States to play 18 games in Hawaii and California across a 21-day adventure.

Toormina High School student Andrew Garner and John Paul College student Sam Langler have been selected to join the Australian Expos Baseball tour of the US, the longest-standing international baseball touring program in Australia.

"I can't wait for the Expos tour," Langler said.

"I'm looking forward to meeting new people and experiencing their way of life.

"I'm especially looking forward to playing baseball in America with my team mates."

This tour will be the 25th consecutive year the Australian Expos have crossed the Pacific Ocean to play.

Head coach, tour manager and local identity Michael Crossland said he was once one of those wide-eyed kids eager to play in the States.

"My dream as a young child was always to one day play baseball in America and this dream was achieved many times due to this amazing program," Crossland said.

"Now as the tour manager it is so nice to be able to give back and truly a privilege to give these young men the opportunity to live their dreams."

The program is based on the 3A principal of attitude, academic achievement and ability.

Crossland said this philosophy has worked well over the past 24 years, seeing more than 580 Australian athletes have the opportunity of playing the game they love in the home of baseball.

"We have had over 20 athletes sign professional contracts and many more attend school and colleges to further their education," he said.



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