Getting out on the diamond on Saturday – not the result – was where it was at for the North Western Titans women’s side in Baseball Victoria Summer League division 3.
Fielding a team for the first time, the Titans were already winners before they even played a game.
While his charges lost 24-1 to Cheltenham Rustlers, Titans overall coach Danny Hymes said the smiles couldn’t be wiped from the players’ faces.
“All we wanted was to get the team out there,” he said.
“They got out there and enjoyed themselves and had a lot of fun.
“Everyone played in different positions and the other team, which has been around for a couple of years, was fantastic helping out.”
Hymes said everyone got opportunities and the players were able to put into practice some of the things they had learnt in the pre-season.
Pleasingly for the Titans, they scored the first home run of the game to lead early.
“Karina Colquhoun almost had a full game of pitching and threw about 100 pitches,” he said.
“We got some hits as well and then took the lead. They were just pumped and happy. It’s about going upwards for them.”
Hymes said they had a couple of players missing and would love a few more to come on board.
A couple of junior girls would be coming into the team.
“The more players the better,” he said. “We want to be able to rotate them through and give everyone a go.”
The Titans will play their first home game this weekend against Bonbeach St Chads Bluejays.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, the Titans men’s side suffered a second straight loss.
The Titans failed to score as they went down to Pakenham Pumas 10-0 at home in division 3.
The second men’s side did better, tying 6-6 with the Pumas.
Both sides will play Ormond Glenhuntly-Gold this week.