Stepping up to the Plate

Player Interviews & Stories 

Over the course of the season we will be hearing from and interviewing players from the Warringah Baseball club (both past and present) to find out more about them and their passion for Baseball.

We will also take reports from around the diamond to hear how some of our teams and players are going.


60 seconds with retiring Warringah representative player... Rhys Deegen

Q: How did you get involved with Baseball and at what age did you start playing Baseball? (please include the year)

A: I got involved with baseball as a friend from school was playing tee ball so I went along to watch.  I liked the look of the game so I joined in 2006 when I was 7 years old.

Q: What is your biggest Baseball achievement (to date)?

A: My biggest baseball achievement is being a  Manly Representative player for 6 consectative years.

Q: What is your most memorable Baseball moment?

A: My most memorable baseball moment is going to the USA on a baseball tour in 2014. We played against other USA teams and had some spare time for sightseeing.

Q: Who has been the biggest influence on your Baseball game?

A: The biggest influence on my baseball game is Todd Smith from Warringah Baseball Club. Todd has coached me at a representative level and mentored me during club games.

Q: Do you have any tips for younger kids just starting off in Baseball?

A: My tip is to have fun!

Q: You have been selected for various Baseball Squads, which are significant achievements, we are hopeful that you can give your fellow Club players and members an insight on what you have done and what is planned for the future.

A: I have been selected in many representative teams and travelled overseas to play in tours. My plans for the future are to play for Manly U18's and then to play for Manly grade.


Warringah Wallabies take on the Rep squads from Sydney and the Central Coast.

The U10 Warringah Wallabies travelled to Toronto on Sunday August 3rd to compete in the Lake Macquarie games unaware of some of the very talented Rep teams that attend this tournament.

With a few last minute cancellations to the Wallaby line up, the need to call on some additional field support was required.

Our shy Wallabies weren't going to be so shy on this day however!!!!

The day began with a solid effort against a very strong side from Cherrybrook with some outstanding efforts being delivered by the team.

Then followed a game facing a very disciplined Coasties squad that really displayed the potential of where these young athletes could be in a year or so with local rep sides.

The Wallabies showed heart and determination to stay in the game and then follow up with an outstanding performance against an extremely strong Newcastle Rep squad.

I don't think the Newcastle team expected the challenge they had from our young energetic team.  Keeping the game within reach it wasn't until the last two innings where Newcastle had scored the finishers with a 24 -17 win.

This lead to the final game of the day against a strong side from Castle Hill.

Tired from the five am wakeup call and the hour and forty minute drive up the coast, the Wallabies finished with a convincing effort and a great deal of experience under their belts.

Wallabies All-star Line-up includes:

Scarlett Cashman, Tate Foster, Lexi Foster, Cameron Lorenzo, Zoe Juba, Luke Juba, Hugh Chidgey, Mia Breglec, Poppi Townhill & Izzy Austin

Special thanks to Katie Juba for organizing and Luke Juba Warringah U8's and Hugh Chidgey from the Central Coast Tigers U8's  for standing in on the day.

Also a special welcome back to Izzy. Great to have you back!

Regards

Coach Fozzy and Coach Jubes

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Players Return from the USA

JJ Blagg, Rhys Deegen, Anthony Hill, Jack Nihill and Ben Sheppard from the 2013-2014 U16 Brumbies grand final and pennant winning team have recently returned from a 15 day baseball tour of the USA as part of the 2014 Manly Eagles Touring Team.

The boys toured Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.

During the 15 days, they attended baseball instruction sessions, they played against other USA high school teams and they watched several Major League Baseball games.  The boys also visited Disneyland, Universal Studios, Venice Beach and Alcatraz.

The boys have gained valuable baseball skills and knowledge as well as forming lasting friendships.  This was a trip of a lifetime.


Below are photos of the boys receiving their uniforms, in order JJ Blagg, Rhys Deegen, Anthony Hill, Jack Nihill and Ben Sheppard.

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Players win The Coasties Cup

Luke Brown and Ben Lafontan from the 2013-2014 U12 Crocodiles minor premiers team recently attended the 20th Annual Coasties Cup at Gosford during the school holidays as part of the 2014 Manly Little League Team.

The team won all of their pool games.  They met Coasties (Central Coast) in the grand final who were also undefeated in their pool.  The final was very tight early in the game however the team were victorious with the final score being 9-0.  Both Ben and Luke played extremely well as they are both under age U14’s.  Congratulations boys.


Photos in order Luke Brown and Ben Lafontan.

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60 seconds with...Hayden Elvy:

Q: At what age did you start playing Baseball?

A: I first started playing TeeBall when I was 5 years old in 2001/2002 with Warringah Baseball Club and still play to this day now with Manly Warringah District Baseball Minor League (U18s) .

Q: What is your biggest Baseball achievement (to date)?

A: My biggest Baseball achievement would be being the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the whole Manly Warringah Junior  Baseball League Representatives 2 years ago on my last year of Under 16s which was a great privilege   

Q: What is your most memorable Baseball moment?

A: One of my most memorable moments would be playing baseball in Japan for a New South Wales Junior Baseball League touring team when I was 12  and hitting a double (two bagger) with loaded bases to end up winning the game by one run! 

Q: Who has been the biggest influence on your Baseball game?

A: Graeme Beattie my old Warringah Baseball coach who had coached me through majority of my club career and has taught me a lot over the years, he was never too serious and that was a main factor when coaching and let the team have the most fun we could, he was just an  all round great guy and everyone that has been coached by him never had a bad year. We made the grand final every year even though we might not have been successful some years.

Q: Do you have any tips for younger kids just starting off in Baseball?

A: Yes, to make sure you are always enjoying the game, not taking it too seriously and the more you enjoy the sport the better you will do.

Q: Hayden, you recently completed a trip to the States, which was a significant achievement, we are hopeful that you can give your fellow Club players and members an insight on such an exciting trip and what you did.

A: Yes, I was asked three years ago to play in the Australian Expo's Baseball Tour. It is the longest running tour from Australia to the USA for baseball which has being going on for 24 years now. This year is the 25ht Anniversary of the tour. This tour takes 14 players from throughout Australia to play in California USA for 3 weeks. It is absolutely amazing experience, playing with kids from the Central Coast, Coffs Harbour, Alice Springs, South Australia - just all over . I played mostly second base, third base, designated hitter and pitcher while I was away. I have been lucky enough to be on this tour for the past 3 years. We go in July every year.

After the 14 hour flight we finally arrived in Anaheim where we stayed for the first three nights in the Castle Inn (across the road from Disneyland). We trained once a day for 2-3 hours in some of the best fields I have ever played on and they were just high school fields! While we were not training we were either swimming since it was so hot especially since it was summer (average of 35 degrees or higher most days), getting to know everyone in the team since we were form different parts of Australia not many of us knew about each other and had met for the first time at Sydney Airport to America. We did the typical tourist things like going to Disneyland, go to 3 major league games, numerous water parks and to ESPN zone

After 3 days in the Castle Inn we left to go to Covina which is our first home stay part of the tour we're you are given to a family and they take you in for a week. They were amazing, the families took you where ever you wanted, washed our clothes and feed us. We play a 3 game tournament against the Covina Varsity team which we won 2 out of 3 for the first time in numerous years of the tour. We also played numerous other travel ball teams which is the equal to our Manly Warringah Rep team.

After staying in Covina for 7 days it was time to go to our next home stay families which was in Redlands ( this was about a 2-3 hours bus trip). We stay in Redlands for 9 days and we play a 5 game tournament against the 909ers (which is the area code). We were versing some very good players throwing up to 91 mph a hour which was insane and was quite a tough tournament, we won 3 out of the 5 and it had come down to the last game which we won by 1 run. As we said our goodbyes my coach Michael had dropped a surprise on the team, telling us we aren't going straight home and that we had got plane tickets to Hawaii to play 3 games and to relax after the big tour.

I have numerous unforgettable memories and have met the most incredible people over the years due to this tour and wished I was going again this year but I have the HSC, and I am sure that one day I will go back over there to see all the friends and families that I have met.

Thanks Hayden, we look forward to seeing you down at St Matt's watching your younger brother play.


60 seconds with...Ben Sheppard:

Q: At what age did you start playing Baseball?

A: I started t-ball with Warringah in U6's in 2003

Q: What is your biggest Baseball achievement (to date)?

A: Being selected in the NSW U14 team for the 2012 National Championships.

Q: What is your most memorable Baseball moment?

A: Starting pitcher for NSW's opening game at 2012 National Championships.

Q: Who has been the biggest influence on your Baseball game?

A: Probably my older brother Adam - I have always wanted to beat him since I was 5. I have also had good coaching at Warringah, Manly and now NSW.

Q: Do you have any tips for younger kids just starting off in Baseball?

A: Learn how to hit (using a "T" in the backyard is good) and always go to the plate with an attitude to hit.

Q: Ben, you have been selected for the NSW Baseball's High Performance Squad, which is a significant achievement, we are hopeful that you can give your fellow Club players and Club members an insight on what you are doing and what is planned for the future.

A: In the High Performance Squad I have been doing special strength and conditioning work for baseball and a lot of work on batting technique. I have been given a specific training programme to focus on over summer. For the future I hope to keep improving, keep doing well for Manly and NSW if selected and one day get ofered to play in America.

Thanks Ben, we look forward to following you and your development and will get regular updates on your progress.

Ben is playing in the U16 Brumbies for 2013-2014 season....please feel free to go over and visit him and his team mates throughout the season and support them.

March 2014

 Ben's recent achievements include:

* Selected into the NSW U16 Baseball Bluesox team * Starting 3rd baseman for the gold medal match * Manly Warringah NSW State cup representative

Of which he was awarded Most Valuable Player, Players Player and then Overall Player of the Year within the Manly Warringah district.

* NSW All Stars team February 2014 * Recently selected into the CCC Baseball team competing in April * Invited into the NSW High Performance squad.


60 seconds with...Karl Hoschke:

Q: At what age did you start playing Baseball?

A: I started with Warringah aged 7 in 2002.

Q: What is your biggest Baseball achievement (to date)?

A: Being signed to the Atlanta Braves.

Q: What is your most memorable Baseball moment?

A: Receiving the batting award at this year's Major League Baseball Australian Academy.

Q: Who has been the biggest influence on your Baseball game?

A: Wayne Harvey - coach, U9, U10, U12 x 2 years - teaching the basic skills is important for player development and he kept us motivated and enthusiastic about playing every week.

Q: Do you have any tips for younger kids just starting off in Baseball?

A: Listen to your coach, try not to get frustrated and keep working hard.

Thanks Karl, we look forward to following you and your development as you head overseas to fulfil your passion playing with the Braves. Keep us posted on your progress and we look forward to one day watching you on the TV in the big league.

Karl will be playing Grade baseball for Manly before heading off to the United States early next year.