Volunteers save Bendigo baseball season

The Bendigo Baseball Association season will go ahead as scheduled on April 21 after the executive committee positions and other voluntary roles were filled last week.

The BBA had to suspend its AGM in November after no nominations were received for the president, secretary or treasurer’s positions.

With the BBA in danger of going into recess the baseball community rallied, with about 40 people attending the rescheduled AGM last week. Nominations for all but one position were received at the Albert Roy Reserve clubrooms.

Bendigo East’s Michael Amos was voted in as president after several people nominated, while Dodgers’ Simon Foster is vice-president.

Falcons Baseball Club’s Cass Fuller is the association’s new secretary and publicity officer, while East’s Gay Huggard took on the treasurer’s role.

“We’re now moving forward in the right direction I believe,” Amos said.

“I think the support for the association was there all the time; the connection or engagement with the elected committee wasn’t there. 

“We had the best showing we’ve had at the committee meeting the other week in years, there’s some great changes coming ahead and some real positivity coming out of that meeting.

“I think where we’re hoping to change is the engagement with the younger player, to get the younger player back into the association. 

“Even though there’s been tough times for the association over the last year there’s been growth in new players. 

“What we’ve got to do is try to re-engage the community with the association.”

After watching her boyfriend Jason Harriage play for three seasons, Cass Fuller decided to get involved when the association was in danger of folding.

“I thought instead of just sitting on the sidelines and watching all the time I may as well put my time to good use and do something,” she said.

“(Last week’s meeting) was a bit ominous to begin with and then it really brightened up. 

“It’s great to have a bunch of fresh faces to each bring something different.”

Previous secretary Helen Aikman will stay involved with the BBA as property officer, while Pam Dawkins is registration secretary.

Bill and Julie Jones are the BBA’s new delegates to Baseball Victoria, while the association is yet to appoint an umpire co-ordinator.

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