Baseball: Kennelly eyes gold medal at Under-23 World Cup in Mexico


Sam Kennelly is playing in the U23 World Cup in Mexico.
Sam Kennelly is playing in the U23 World Cup in Mexico.

FORRESTDALE’S Sam Kennelly will add more accolades to the Kennelly family resume when he represents Australia at the U23 World Cup in Mexico.

The Perth Heat infielder is one of 24 players from around Australia who were selected with their opening pool game on October 28 in Polideportivo.

The 20-year-old Kennelly is one of four brothers to have been signed by a minor league baseball club in the United States, having played for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

His brothers Josh, Tim and Matt have all played in America

Kennelly said it was a huge honour to be putting on the green and gold.

“I am super excited to get away and be able to compete,” he said.

“I have growing up playing with and against most of the guys on the Australian team.

“The team we’ve got right now is very strong and we are very capable of doing it.”

He said he believed the team were capable of taking the gold medal and the Australian team played the right way, but hard.

His brother Matt was recently named the manager of the Perth Heat and Sam said it would be interesting playing under him next season.