National baseball tournament heats up

Marcus Peckham from the Western Cape B team (right) gets ready to swing his bat while catcher Abdul Dayaan Osman from Western Cape A team gets ready to receive the ball. The A team won 15-0. Lucien Schaffers is the umpire.PHOTO: Sean Campbell

Marcus Peckham from the Western Cape B team (right) gets ready to swing his bat while catcher Abdul Dayaan Osman from Western Cape A team gets ready to receive the ball. The A team won 15-0. Lucien Schaffers is the umpire.PHOTO: Sean Campbell

After two days of play at the Junior National Baseball Championship at Bothasig Baseball Club, teams are jostling for places in the finals tomorrow (30 March).

In the u/18 division, Western Cape A and Gauteng A are unbeaten with Limpopo being the surprise package.

Limpopo beat Gauteng C and tied seven-all against Western Cape B.

After the first round, teams will split into a top three and a bottom three who will play another round. The top two teams will play the final, while the bottom three will play for overall positions.

In the u/15 division, Western Cape A holds a two-point advantage over arch-rival Gauteng A.

Eight teams will play a single round before the top 4 contest semi-final and final, and the bottom four play for positions.

In the u/12 division, the five teams will play a double round with the top team going to the final automatically. Positions two and three will have a play-off game to see who will play position one in the final.

Western Cape A holds a two-point lead over Gauteng A.

The u/10 division plays the same format as the u/12 division, with Gauteng A having the upper hand in this age group.

Women’s baseball is reclaiming their space, which was last seen in 2016, at a junior level.

There will be an u/16 girls’ and senior ladies’ division who are participating until Friday 1 April.

The u/16 participants are Winelands, Gauteng Angels and Cape Town Baseball Federation.

The senior participants are Winelands, Cape Town Baseball Federation, together with Gryphons and Dodgers from Gauteng.

South African Baseball Union (Sabu) will send a senior women’s team to participate in an international tournament next year.

The senior men’s tournament starts on Wednesday 30 March with finals played on Sunday 3 April.

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