Pitching for the win

2018-03-27 06:00

The Western Province A baseball team will travel to Durban to this week with no fewer than nine national players in their squad as the defending champions of the national interprovincial championships from 4 to 7 April.

The Bellville Tygers, Bothasig and Athlone A’s are the backbone of the team.

The preparation for the tournament has not been ideal due to the drought that halted club matches two months ago.

“The season’s remaining matches were cancelled in January due to the drought, so our players lack some game time but we make no excuses. Our Western Province A and B teams had a couple of matches against each other.

“Our pitchers need time on the mound and our batters need that pressure situation that we will experience in Durban. Having said that, all things are well on track and we are confident in our ability to successfully defend our title,” says Western Province and Bellville Tygers assistant coach, Kevin Leak.

Leak is working side by side with head coach Alan Phillips, also from the Tygers, to bring out the best in the team.

The experience and talent in the team are second to none and this has always been the case with Western Province baseball at national level.

Having six national pitchers is something that will leave the other provinces restless.

Carl Michaels, Lloyd Stevens, Dean Jacobs, Cameron Fortuin (u.23), Jarred Elario and Darren Smith are the men who will take the mound as national pitchers.

Jonathan Phillips, who is one of the very best on third base, is another national player with plenty of experience playing overseas as well, and his mere presence will bring calmness to the team. Benjamin Smith (centre field) and Kyle Botha (catcher) are the other two national players.

“I think Gauteng will be our toughest opposition. I am confident we will play in the final. We have done it before many times over and I am sure we will do it again. Anything can happen on the day but we as the coaching staff and squad believe in our abilities,” says Leak.

The Western Province squad consists of: Kevin Townsend, Jonathan Phillips, Charl Cordier, Hayden Matthee and Josh Halverson (all Bellville Tygers); Jarred Elario, Darren Smith, Nicholas Eagles, Darren Boltman, Benjamin Smith, Kyle Botha and Dale Feltman (all playing out of Bothasig); Carl Michaels, Lloyd Stevens, Dean Jacobs, Cameron Fortuin and Darren Wedel (all Athlone A’s players).V

The Western Province A baseball team will travel to Durban to this week with nine national players in their squad as the defending champions of the national interprovincial championships from 4 to 7 April.

The Bellville Tygers, Bothasig and Athlone A’s are the backbone of the team.

“The season’s remaining matches were cancelled in January due to the drought, so our players lack some game time but we make no excuses. Our Western Province A and B teams had a couple of matches against each other. Our pitchers need time on the mound and our batters need that pressure situation that we will experience in Durban. Having said that, all things are well on track and we are confident in our ability to successfully defend our title,” says Western Province and Bellville Tygers assistant coach, Kevin Leak.

Leak is working side by side with head coach Alan Phillips, also from the Tygers, to bring out the best in the team.

Having six national pitchers is something that will leave the other provinces restless.

Carl Michaels, Lloyd Stevens, Dean Jacobs, Cameron Fortuin (u.23), Jarred Elario and Darren Smith are the men who will take the mound as national pitchers.

Jonathan Phillips, who is one of the very best on third base, is another national player with plenty of experience playing overseas as well, and his mere presence will bring calmness to the team. Benjamin Smith (centre field) and Kyle Botha (catcher) are the other two national players.

“I think Gauteng will be our toughest opposition. I am confident we will play in the final. We have done it before many times over and I am sure we will do it again. Anything can happen on the day but we as the coaching staff and squad believe in our abilities,” says Leak.

The Western Province squad consists of: Kevin Townsend, Jonathan Phillips, Charl Cordier, Hayden Matthee and Josh Halverson (all Bellville Tygers); Jarred Elario, Darren Smith, Nicholas Eagles, Darren Boltman, Benjamin Smith, Kyle Botha and Dale Feltman (all playing out of Bothasig); Carl Michaels, Lloyd Stevens, Dean Jacobs, Cameron Fortuin and Darren Wedel (all Athlone A’s players).

The Western Province A baseball team will travel to Durban to this week with no fewer than nine national players in their squad as the defending champions of the national interprovincial championships from 4 to 7 April.

The Bellville Tygers, Bothasig and Athlone A’s are the backbone of the team.

The preparation for the tournament has not been ideal due to the drought that halted club matches two months ago.

“The season’s remaining matches were cancelled in January due to the drought, so our players lack some game time but we make no excuses. Our Western Province A and B teams had a couple of matches against each other.

“Our pitchers need time on the mound and our batters need that pressure situation that we will experience in Durban. Having said that, all things are well on track and we are confident in our ability to successfully defend our title,” says Western Province and Bellville Tygers assistant coach, Kevin Leak.

Leak is working side by side with head coach Alan Phillips, also from the Tygers, to bring out the best in the team.

The experience and talent in the team are second to none and this has always been the case with Western Province baseball at national level.

Having six national pitchers is something that will leave the other provinces restless.

Carl Michaels, Lloyd Stevens, Dean Jacobs, Cameron Fortuin (u.23), Jarred Elario and Darren Smith are the men who will take the mound as national pitchers.

Jonathan Phillips, who is one of the very best on third base, is another national player with plenty of experience playing overseas as well, and his mere presence will bring calmness to the team. Benjamin Smith (centre field) and Kyle Botha (catcher) are the other two national players.

“I think Gauteng will be our toughest opposition. I am confident we will play in the final.

“We have done it before many times over and I am sure we will do it again.

“Anything can happen on the day but we as the coaching staff and squad believe in our abilities,” says Leak.

The Western Province squad consists of: Kevin Townsend, Jonathan Phillips, Charl Cordier, Hayden Matthee and Josh Halverson (all Bellville Tygers); Jarred Elario, Darren Smith, Nicholas Eagles, Darren Boltman, Benjamin Smith, Kyle Botha and Dale Feltman (all playing out of Bothasig); Carl Michaels, Lloyd Stevens, Dean Jacobs, Cameron Fortuin and Darren Wedel (all Athlone A’s players).

The Western Province A baseball team will travel to Durban to this week with no fewer than nine national players in their squad as the defending champions of the national interprovincial championships from 4 to 7 April.

The Bellville Tygers, Bothasig and Athlone A’s are the backbone of the team.

The preparation for the tournament has not been ideal due to the drought that halted club matches two months ago.

“The season’s remaining matches were cancelled in January due to the drought, so our players lack some game time but we make no excuses. Our Western Province A and B teams had a couple of matches against each other.

“Our pitchers need time on the mound and our batters need that pressure situation that we will experience in Durban. Having said that, all things are well on track and we are confident in our ability to successfully defend our title,” says Western Province and Bellville Tygers assistant coach, Kevin Leak.

Leak is working side by side with head coach Alan Phillips, also from the Tygers, to bring out the best in the team.

The experience and talent in the team are second to none and this has always been the case with Western Province baseball at national level.

Having six national pitchers is something that will leave the other provinces restless.

Carl Michaels, Lloyd Stevens, Dean Jacobs, Cameron Fortuin (u.23), Jarred Elario and Darren Smith are the men who will take the mound as national pitchers.

Jonathan Phillips, who is one of the very best on third base, is another national player with plenty of experience playing overseas as well, and his mere presence will bring calmness to the team. Benjamin Smith (centre field) and Kyle Botha (catcher) are the other two national players.

“I think Gauteng will be our toughest opposition. I am confident we will play in the final.

“We have done it before many times over and I am sure we will do it again.

“Anything can happen on the day but we as the coaching staff and squad believe in our abilities,” says Leak.

The Western Province squad consists of: Kevin Townsend, Jonathan Phillips, Charl Cordier, Hayden Matthee and Josh Halverson (all Bellville Tygers); Jarred Elario, Darren Smith, Nicholas Eagles, Darren Boltman, Benjamin Smith, Kyle Botha and Dale Feltman (all playing out of Bothasig); Carl Michaels, Lloyd Stevens, Dean Jacobs, Cameron Fortuin and Darren Wedel (all Athlone A’s players).

The Western Province A baseball team will travel to Durban to this week with no fewer than nine national players in their squad as the defending champions of the national interprovincial championships from 4 to 7 April.

The Bellville Tygers, Bothasig and Athlone A’s are the backbone of the team.

The preparation for the tournament has not been ideal due to the drought that halted club matches two months ago.

“The season’s remaining matches were cancelled in January due to the drought, so our players lack some game time but we make no excuses. Our Western Province A and B teams had a couple of matches against each other.

“Our pitchers need time on the mound and our batters need that pressure situation that we will experience in Durban. Having said that, all things are well on track and we are confident in our ability to successfully defend our title,” says Western Province and Bellville Tygers assistant coach, Kevin Leak.

Leak is working side by side with head coach Alan Phillips, also from the Tygers, to bring out the best in the team.

The experience and talent in the team are second to none and this has always been the case with Western Province baseball at national level.

Having six national pitchers is something that will leave the other provinces restless.

Carl Michaels, Lloyd Stevens, Dean Jacobs, Cameron Fortuin (u.23), Jarred Elario and Darren Smith are the men who will take the mound as national pitchers.

Jonathan Phillips, who is one of the very best on third base, is another national player with plenty of experience playing overseas as well, and his mere presence will bring calmness to the team. Benjamin Smith (centre field) and Kyle Botha (catcher) are the other two national players.

“I think Gauteng will be our toughest opposition. I am confident we will play in the final. We have done it before many times over and I am sure we will do it again. Anything can happen on the day but we as the coaching staff and squad believe in our abilities,” says Leak.

The Western Province squad consists of: Kevin Townsend, Jonathan Phillips, Charl Cordier, Hayden Matthee and Josh Halverson (all Bellville Tygers); Jarred Elario, Darren Smith, Nicholas Eagles, Darren Boltman, Benjamin Smith, Kyle Botha and Dale Feltman (all playing out of Bothasig); Carl Michaels, Lloyd Stevens, Dean Jacobs, Cameron Fortuin and Darren Wedel (all Athlone A’s players).

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