Baseball5 a hit at Sunnybank Sport Cluster

Baseball5 a hit at Sunnybank Sport Cluster
Six schools – and more than 130 students – got a taste of Baseball5 at the Sunnybank District Sport Cluster on Friday.

Students from Yeronga, Warrigal, Sunnybank Hills, Stretton, Runcorn Heights and Algester schools all experienced the new five-on-five street version of baseball and softball.

Cluster day coordinator James Somerville said Baseball5 was a hit amongst students.

“At the primary school age, having the accessibility to play it anywhere such as recess or before and after school is a huge benefit,” he said.

“Baseball5 gives them the basic fundamentals to be confident in their baseball ability.

“Hopefully that will transition them to engaging with baseball further.”

Lisa Norrie, Australia’s first accredited Baseball5 coach, said the new discipline was fast attracting newcomers.

“We had a fantastic turnout with all the schools,” she said.

“They are having so much fun and it’s great to see a mix of talent which shows anyone can play it.”

Baseball Australia Baseball5 manager Scott Hillier said the day had been a success and showcased the discipline to schools which previously had little exposure to baseball.

Baseball5 in Australia was launched in May at the Gold Coast Sports Festival.

Queensland will create history in November when it hosts the first-ever Baseball5 tournament in Australia.

Year 4-9 students will compete across two age brackets in the inaugural Queensland Baseball5 School Cup from November 29-30.

Find out more about Baseball5 here.