Baseball is a family affair
The Bendigo Bank Community Rounds of the Australian Baseball League were a great success during January, with thousands of people cheering on their favourite teams, including one Bendigo family.
Kerry Rowell and her family have a long involvement with local baseball, with two sons currently playing the winter league in Bendigo, and the summer league in Melbourne. Playing baseball requires a lot of dedication, with twice weekly trips to Melbourne for training and game day during the summer months. But Mrs Rowell says her sons never complain about the 5am Sunday morning starts - their commitment to their teammates is more important than a sleep in.
“We have been involved with the baseball community for over 15 years. In winter, Bailey 16, and Hudson 10, play with the Falcons Baseball Club in Bendigo, and over the summer months we travel to Melbourne and play for Essendon Baseball Club,” Mrs Rowell said. “This involves commitment from the whole family. Travelling frequently to Melbourne to train with their teammates, and then again on game day requires a lot of dedication and commitment from them both. Never do they complain,” she added.
“It was their father’s involvement in baseball that led Bailey and Hudson to start playing as juniors, but their passion, ability, hard work and love for the game has got them to where they are today. “I’m extremely proud of what Bailey has been able to achieve to date at such a young age. He has competed at a State and National junior level and is also now representing both clubs at senior level. His younger brother Hudson, a budding baseballer, is following in his footsteps, and I have no doubt he will achieve the same.”
Since being involved in baseball, Mrs Rowell has seen the sport grow in popularity, and expects that even more kids will start playing now that the game has been added to the list of sports for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“The baseball community, like many other sporting clubs, is like a family - always banding together at times of need. They are passionate and dedicated to enabling juniors to succeed.”
Mrs Rowell is also a Bendigo Bank staff member, and she is proud to work for a company that has supported the Australian Baseball League for the past three years.
“Sponsorship of baseball is a key factor to its success. It brings awareness of the game, enabling growth and development of current baseball players in Australia,” Mrs Rowell said.
“Baseball can offer a great combination of athletic ability, agility and strategic plays, which means there is a place for everyone on a baseball team. It also offers national and international opportunities to players of a very young age.
“I would encourage anyone who is considering playing to contact your local baseball club or visit Baseball Australia’s website for more information,” she added.
Kerry and her family will be cheering on the Melbourne Aces from Bendigo this weekend, when the Aces head to Brisbane for the semi-final playoffs.