At the plate for the state

Liam Durkin

SALE Rangers baseballer Felicity Clissold was the sole representative from regional Victoria at the Australian Youth Women’s Championships last week.

Stepping up to the plate for Victoria in the Australian Capital Territory, the 13-year-old said she has the sport of baseball in her blood.

“I started playing about five years ago, just throwing with dad who played a bit and just sort of went from there,” she said.

Felicity was one of the youngest players in the state side and despite being listed on the team sheet as playing centre and in-field, said she has played in a variety of positions in her time.

“At my age you sort of get a chance to do everything until you find your specialty,” she said.

Having travelled to Melbourne weekly for a number of training sessions and preliminary matches, the right-hander competed against Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and a team from Indonesia at the championships.

Victoria recovered from a slow start to the tournament to eventually finish third after defeating Western Australia in a thrilling bronze medal match 7-6.

The Vics’ week was also highlighted by some emphatic wins over Indonesia (19-1) and Western Australia (18-2) on Wednesday.

Baseball attracts sizable interest in Gippsland, with all major towns along the Princes Highway in Moe-Newborough, Morwell, Traralgon and Sale, as well as Churchill, having baseball clubs.

With youth on her side Felicity is keeping her ambitions in perspective

“Hopefully I will have another few years in the side and see what happens from there,” she said.