The Mavericks, Bushrangers, Rebels and Jets took to the field at Lyel Kempster Baseball Park on Saturday night in a great display of junior baseball.

The Bushrangers defeated the Mavericks 9-8 in the early timeslot.

Strong batting by Mavericks catcher Jayden Brown saw his team in the lead 8-4 heading into the last innings. However, Bushrangers’ closer Kaiden Bell put a stop to The Mavericks bats allowing no runs.

In the late game, The Rebels went down to the hard hitting Jets 8-4.

Debutant Cormac Nolan led the Jets’ bat with a double and a triple, while The Rebels’ Nikite Kopp had a strong first outing on the mound.

Alice Springs Baseball’s Junior Coordinator, Brian Vidler, was excited to see the Little League teams increased from two to four compared to the previous year.

“Baseball was the overall winner on Saturday night,” he said. “Four teams is a great improvement on previous years. We are also seeing more girls playing, with 11 currently registered.”

Baseball NT General Manager, Gemma Scales, acknowledged the incredible efforts of the Alice Springs Baseball volunteers and is pleased to see junior baseball thriving in the region.

“The amazing growth being seen in Alice Springs is a testament to the hard work of the local committee and volunteers,” she said. “We expect to see many Alice Springs players representing the Territory shortly.”

“Baseball NT has supported this development through the Youth Engagement Project Officer (Central Australia) initiative and will continue to work with the local stakeholders for the betterment of baseball within the region.”