Baseball: Gosnells pair enjoy busy month of representative action

Caption: Will Robins (Left) and Jake Smedley represented Perth at the SEAYBST.
Caption: Will Robins (Left) and Jake Smedley represented Perth at the SEAYBST.

GOSNELLS Hawks baseballers Jake Smedley and Will Robins have enjoyed a busy month, earning selection to two representative competitions.

The pair helped Perth finish third at the recent South East Asia Youth Baseball and Softball Tournament (SEABYST) in Langford last month.

Their form for the Hawks also saw them selected to participate in the State Junior League Charter Competition.

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During the SEABYST, the Perth side faced tough opposition against teams from Bangkok, Singapore, Jakarta and Manilla.

However, they performed well, with some good early showings bookended by an 11-1 thrashing of Singapore Blue to win the bronze medal.

Smedley said the positive mood in the Perth camp played a big part in their success.

“We all got along pretty well and we all got to know each other before the tournament started so we knew we could do well,” he said.

Robins said the Asian teams were a step up from the level they were used to playing against.

“It’s like a whole different game, they don’t really hit it up, it was more of a ground-based game,” he said.

“I struggled with the bat at the start but by the end of the tournament, I started to get on base a few more times.”

Prior to the tournament, the pair received a $150 grant from the City of Gosnells, which contributed towards their registration.