New Zealand's first ever major baseball tournament will take place in the Wellington region this coming Labour Weekend.
The Ascot Park Bombers of Porirua will host the inaugural event that will see local junior and senior teams as well as teams from Auckland and Christchurch take to the diamond.
The majority of baseball games are played in Auckland, however, due to the rapid growth of the game, four senior and three junior teams will compete over Saturday and Sunday.
Wellington Baseball Association president and local businessman Regan Wood says “We’re incredibly proud of the Bombers’ leadership, along with the growth of the new Hornet’s club and their directors, who are working together with the Bombers and others who want to see baseball take off in the Wellington region,”
"We’re determined to help put the pieces in place to increase participation in baseball across Wellington and do our part as the sport flourishes across New Zealand. This tournament is a step in the right direction, and it’s historic,” said Wood, who was a member of the nation’s first ever men’s national baseball team that travelled to Florida for the Merit Cup in 1992."
The event will start on Saturday morning with a "Have a Go" session for anyone wanting to give baseball a go.
At 10am the senior games will kick off with three games being played each day and will see the host Ascot Park Bombers compete for the crown alongside Korean teams from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Baseball New Zealand CEO Ryan Flynn says “It’s fantastic to see such great club and regional leadership across the nation now, which is leading to more and better baseball for our young people—and not only in Auckland.”
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