There might not be a summer baseball season in Bendigo, but that didn't stop rising stars Harry Fitzgerald and Jorden Doherty from hitting the diamond.
The pair headed to Melbourne to play with the Essendon Baseball Club.
Fitzgerald played on the club's under-16 squad which made it all the way to the final, but the team fell short to the hands of Moorabbin.
However, his talent didn't go unnoticed as he won the under-16 batting average and also received an MVP award from his club.
In addition to playing with Essendon, Fitzgerald also played with the Victoria White Under-16 squad at the 2020 Australian Youth Baseball Championships.
He put on an all-star effort during the championships and was one of the squad's best performing pitchers, in addition to a strong showing with the bat out in the field.
On the back of a strong summer, he is now preparing to continue with top form with the Falcons during the Bendigo Baseball Association season.
Fellow Bendigo player Jorden Doherty also had a stellar season with Essendon's under-14 team.
Doherty established himself as one of the team's top members, playing consistently all season to help the team secure the premiership.
On the day he had strong hits and flawless defence which included an impressive double play.
Looking ahead to the BBA 2020 season, Doherty will join the Falcons' senior roster, but will not do so until halfway through the season.
However, in regards to all league activities in the state, Baseball Victoria has suspended all sport until mid-April, for now.
This includes all forms of training, club activities, team meetings in addition to related events, tournaments and competitions.
"Baseball Victoria continues to work with the winter associations regarding the upcoming winter season, scheduled to commence on 18 April 2020," BV said in a statement.
"Contingencies will be considered, taking into account the fast-paced ongoing nature of further restrictions, long-term restrictions that have already been foreshadowed and suitable timelines for training before the commencement of the season."
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