Darling Range Sports College baseballers compete in world championships

School coach Andy Kyle with Maddux Stivey and B. J. Cooke. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d485364
School coach Andy Kyle with Maddux Stivey and B. J. Cooke. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d485364

FORRESTFIELD high schoolers will fly to Central America this week to compete in the U-15 World Baseball Cup.

Darling Range Sports College’s Maddux Stivey and BJ Cooke made the Australian team to take on Japan and Cuba in the first rounds of the tournament in Panama.

Health and fitness education teacher Andrew Kyle, who runs the school’s baseball program and coaches the national team, said the 20-strong players were “as best prepared as they could be”.

“They’ve played together in State championships and charter tournaments, and did a training camp in Sydney about a month ago,” he said.

“At this age, many of the players are versatile, and skilled in both pitch and play in the field,” he said.

“Maddux and BJ are quality kids, they work really hard throughout the year and have a bright future ahead of them.

“Maddux has strength, a powerful pitch and bat swing, BJ is a quality pitcher who plays a number of positions in the field.”

Australia’s U-15s will hone their skills at a high performance training camp before they land in Panama for the world championships.

Darling Range Sports College is currently the only WA school with a full-time specialist baseball program.