It’s batter-up time for the Raiders’ second big baseball season

BIG HITS: Orange Raiders player Jason Gangaram lets fly during the club's first season in the Wallerawang competition and is among the players returning for 2017-18. Photo: Facebook
BIG HITS: Orange Raiders player Jason Gangaram lets fly during the club's first season in the Wallerawang competition and is among the players returning for 2017-18. Photo: Facebook

The reformed Orange Raiders baseball club has added an under 19 softball side and a junior T-ball team to its senior side.

The Raiders fired back into life a year ago after a long absence from Orange sport.

President Luke Whitton said that after an inaugural season in the Wallerawang Baseball Association with one team they were keen to expand and provide a path for junior players.

The club finished third of the five teams in the competition last season.

“Numbers are really strong this year,” he said.

“We lost a few from last year but we’ve gained a few new registrations this year.”

He said they had about 20 players and if they were able to get three or four more players they would look at having a second senior side this year.

Whitton said the senior season kicked off at Wallerawang on Sunday.

The club’s new under 19 youth softball side will make its debut in the Orange and District Softball Association [ODSA] competition from this Saturday.

And he said they hoped to have enough juniors [under 11s] to form a T-ball team in the ODSA.

He said the ODSA was looking to merge its two junior T-ball competitions and the Raiders wanted to join.

Whitton said anyone keen to play should contact the club via its Orange Raiders baseball Facebook page.