Bendigo baseballer has World Series in his sights

BAILEY Waterman is hoping to book a spot in the Little League World Series later this year.

The 12-year-old, who can pitch, play at short stop and second base, will travel to the Gold Coast in June to compete at the Little League National Championships.

FAST BALL: Bailey Waterman will play at the National Little League Championships on the Gold Coast. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

FAST BALL: Bailey Waterman will play at the National Little League Championships on the Gold Coast. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

The winner of the tournament will automatically qualify for the World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in the United States of America.

The team will represent Australia.

Waterman will be playing with the Northern Diamondbacks a team he plays for during the summer months of the year.

In winter, the budding baseballer plays with the Falcons Baseball Club in Bendigo.

Earlier this month the Diamondbacks competed at the state championships, it was there the team won the right to play at nationals.

Waterman’s mother Kerry said she was extremely proud of what her son has been able to achieve at such a young age.

“The national Little League competition is the highest level you can reach in Australia in his age group,” she said.

“The tournament is even recognised internationally.”

The Bendigo South East student has had to travel frequently to Melbourne to train with his teammates.

“We have had to drive down to Melbourne a lot and Bailey has really kept up with everything, he is doing really well,” Kerry said.

Waterman has followed in his father Troy’s footsteps, who also plays baseball with the Falcons Baseball Club. 

The Little League Championships will be held between June 4 and 9 on the Gold Coast. 

FAST BALL: Bailey Waterman will play at the National Little League Championships on the Gold Coast. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

FAST BALL: Bailey Waterman will play at the National Little League Championships on the Gold Coast. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

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