Rockies and Rays join Horsham Baseball Club

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TWO NEW teams have marked the start of the 2012 Horsham Junior Baseball Club season.

The Rockies and Rays are the two newest additions to the club, which is among the largest junior baseball clubs in Europe, and under new chairman Doug Thomas, the club plans to go from strength to strength with a visit to Canada on the cards.

Horsham Junior Baseball Club opened it new season in traditional style on Saturday morning, with each team announced over the PA system and then marched into the centre of the diamond.

Doug, who took over as chairman from Rob Burnie this year, said: “In the club’s seven years with Robert Burnie as Chair we have seen it go from strength to strength, providing a fun and relaxed environment for kids aged 5-16 to learn the game of baseball. Each year the club has fed talented players into the GB squad playing in European tournaments, the US and this year Canada.

“Baseball means a great deal to me as an American and it is great to see so many British kids enjoying the game, it makes me feel like a kid again. With our Open Day on Saturday it was a real privilege to step into Rob’s shoes and get the 2012 season under way.

“I and the committee and coaches of HJBC plan to keep the torch light burning and look forward to many more successful years.”

Results in the Vision Express Pinto League: Yankees 10 @ Red Sox 8; Mustang league: Athletics 10 @ RedSox 11, Athletics 8 @ Yankees 6; Bronco Pony League: Rays 7 @ RedSox 8; RedSox 15 @ Rockies 2; Yankees 9 @ Athletics 16.

Niall Beattie struck the winning hit for the Red Sox against the As in the Mustang League, and also achieved 2RBIS in the final inning.

In the Red Sox defeat of the Rays in the Bronco Pony League, Adam Lamport smashed a winning bases loaded grand slam home run over left field to secure an 8-7 win, earlier Isaac Parsons’ pitching had seen the Rays open up a healthy lead.

And in a new-boys double header the Red Sox took on the Rockies.

Cameron Rykiel was on form on the mound for Rockies as he notched several strike-outs, but the Sox fought back and through some fine ground fielding from Tom Underwood laid a platform for Scott Williams and Austin Harwood-Stamper to drive in RBIs and a home run and an inside the park home run from Adam Lamport took the game away from the Rockies.

Finally, the Athletics got their Bronco Pony League campaign underway with a 16-9 defeat of the Yankees. Debutant Tom Crabb was involved in the As’ first double play, Sam Bradley pouched two catches and MVP Sam Easter gave a good all round display.

Starting pitchers James Hamlin and Rhys Prescott got a haul of four strike outs with James making a stunning reaction catch on the mound.

Josh Cadette made a force out at second base while catcher Callum Oldmeadow stopped a steal on the home plate with a tag-out.