24 October 2017
Maribyrnong Sports Academy student Keenan Spence will become the first Maribyrnong Baseball Academy student to play for Australia when he lines up in the 2017 Yomiuri Cup in Matsuyama, Japan on the 24th of November.
This will be the first time an Australian team will compete in the three-day tournament, with games scheduled against Japan, Chinese Taipei and the Matsuyama Prefecture.
General Manager of Team Australia Baseball Glenn Williams is excited to see the inaugural Australian team participate in the Yomiuri Cup.
“We are very excited to be playing in the Yomiuri Cup for the first time. It will be an excellent test for a quality group of players and staff,” Williams said.
“Selecting this team was tough with so many quality players available from across the country. We hope this trip will lead to future opportunities with the team involved both in Asia and domestically.”
Maribyrnong Baseball/Softball Academy coach Nat Titcume who has played professional softball in Japan says the experience will be amazing for Keenan to play in this under 16 Australian team
“I think it will be an eye opening experience for Keenan to learn the work ethic and preparation that a professional athlete has to perform on a regular basis. To be selected in an Australian team is the highest honour you can achieve, and to tick that box it at the age of 14 is even more special. Keenan is a hard worker both on and off the field and his selection is well deserved.”
“And the fact that he is wearing the number 12, the number that I played in at State level makes me even prouder. We wish him all the best”
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