A team of 20 youngsters will fly the South African flag at baseball’s Under-15 World Cup in Mexico next month, writes Mark Etheridge.
The team features no less than eight Western Province players with the rest made up of players from the other provinces around the country.
In a late venue change, the venue for the World Cup has had to be moved due to ‘natural circumstances’.
That was after Hurricane Boris swept across the region and damaged the competition fields at La Paz, Baja and forced a switch to Mazaltan.
The competition dates however remain the same, from 31 July to 10 August.
The team for the World Cup was selected after the recent national championships held in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
South Africa have been drawn in Group B. Each of the three groups features six teams.
Teams in South Africa’s group are US, Japan, Panama, Germany and New Zealand.
The US are seeded first for the World Cup while South Africa come in at 16th of the 18 nations competing.
The SA squad, pictured here, is:
Back (left to right): Donovan Adeline (Gauteng), Tanner Bunn (Gauteng), Brady Conradie (WP), Charles van Wyk (WP), Keino Davids (WP), Brandon Gehlig (WP), Keagan Lazarus (WP), Cullum Lee (Easterns), Fabio Sa’miranda (Easterns), Warren Ras (Gauteng), Jaundre Smit (KZN)
Front (l to r): Lance Gordon (WP), Laindan Andrews (Boland), Na’eem Dollie (WP),┬á Alexander Fortune (WP), Yahya Patel (SWG), Dylan o’Brian (KZN), Ross Veningh-Pridham (KZN), Brandon Smith (KZN)
Missing from the picture was Mandela Bay’s Dillon le Roux who had already left the championships.