Meet the new fireballer on the mound-
REDS new starting pitcher, Cole Jenkins, originally from Little Rock Arkansas is super excited to be out here and forming an integral part of the VPB Reds team.
Cole is a 188cm Lefty that throws around 90Mph and will look to shut opposition defences down. During the 2021 Belgian season, Cole helped the Brasschaat Braves to an appearance in the Belgian finals while maintaining a 2.14 ERA and collecting 7 wins along the way. Similar numbers and a similar result will help take the Park to the finals.
The 26 year old Cole played for the Drury University Panthers majoring in Masters Business Administration and had some pretty handy numbers on the hill. He will be one of the REDS starters this year, with the odd relieving role and can play some outfield.
Cole Jenkins: "I'm extremely grateful for the opportunities this sport has given me and the idea of continuing to do what I love amid another culture has always been a dream of mine. I can contribute to a team overseas on and off the field, and ultimately, I hope to give back to a game that has given me so much".
Australian U/18 Team - Riley Marsh
Congratulations VPBBC's own Riley Marsh
Congratulations to Riley Marsh for his selection in the Australian U/18 team currently competing in the WBSC.
Riley was one of 5 Western Australian players selected in the Australian team that is currently playing in Sarasota, Florida against teams from around the World in the World Baseball Softball Confederation.
The Aussie team hasn't started so well with losses to Mexico, Chinese Taipei and Japan but Riley has thrown well in his appearances on the hill and is doing himself, his parents and club proud. Keep it up Riley!
For more information on how to follow Riley and the Australian team click on the following links:
The Park Mourns
the loss of a beloved family member
The Victoria Park Belmont Baseball Club is deeply saddened by the passing of a much loved family member, Wendy Jackson.
22.02.1944 - 07.08.2022
Wendy commenced her time with the Victoria Park Baseball Club in 1974 when the club was playing at Selby Park in Redcliffe. She scored juniors for 10 years. During that time she was a founding member of the Victoria Park Junior Baseball Club and was eventually awarded Life Membership.
She continued to assist at the club in various roles through the years, eventually returning to scoring in the late 2000's.
A wonderful soul, always smiling, Wendy had the great joy of watching her son Bradley and then grandson Jakob play at the club, bringing her so many wonderful memories.
The Club would like to pass on its deepest condolences and sympathies to Brad, Kelli and their families. Wendy was a truly lovely lady that will be sadly missed by all.
The funeral service for Wendy will be held at Bowra and O'dea, Midland, Thursday 25 August.
THE PARK LOSES A LEGEND
Victoria Park Belmont Baseball Club is deeply saddened by the passing of one of the Club's all time greats, George Benjamin (Ben) Shom
20.03.1919 - 23.07.2022
The Victoria Park Belmont Baseball Club wishes to express our deepest sadness at the passing of the legendary George (Ben) Shom.
Ben was one of the greatest baseballers to grace the field and his feats on and off the diamond will always be remembered. His achievements include being both a Baseball Australia and Baseball WA hall of famer, a Victoria Park Belmont and Baseball WA life member, a state and Australian representative, a Claxton Shield captain and member of the first ever WA Claxton Shield championship team and the club's captain/ coach in our first ever State League premiership in 1946.
Our deepest condolences to Mike & Marie and their entire family. Ben had an amazing 103 years and is now at peace with Jeanie.
BWA's acknowledgement of Ben's induction into the Australian Baseball Hall of Fame can be found here: Ben Shom HOF
WA National Junior Camp Invitees Revealed
Baseball Australia has announced the provisional 44 player list of invitees to April's National Junior Camp, including Victoria Park Belmont's very own Riley Marsh
Invitees will participate in an 8 day camp in April, after which a National Junior Squad will be selected to travel to the U.S. in August to participate in the WBSC U/18 Baseball World Cup in Florida.
For further information follow the links below:
Baseball WA: Junior Camp Invitees
Baseball WA Announces 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees
Baseball WA has proudly announced the 2022 inductees for the Baseball WA Hall of Fame, which celebrates the outstanding achievements of the players, coaches and officials who have shaped the game within the state.
This year sees five new inductees, two of whom are from VPBBC, our own Robert (Bob) Meloncelli and Scott Cameron.
These two very deserving new members will join our club's inaugural member's from 2021, Robert (Bob) Ossey, George (Ben) Shom, Scott Steed, Graham Ward & Kaye Greenham.
The Victoria Park Belmont Baseball Club is extremely proud of all our Hall of Fame members.
Congratulations Bob Meloncelli & Scotty Cameron.
For more Hall of Fame information
click here : BWA Hall of Fame
Congratulations Riley Marsh
RILEY MARSH WINS INAUGURAL RAYS SHOWCASE MVP
Club coach Rod Drew & Marsh help Bulls to the title
Victoria Park Belmont young gun Riley Marsh topped of a successful Tampa Bay Rays Showcase week by helping his team the Durham Bulls win the playoffs and being named MVP of the Showcase.
The Showcase was designed to mimic professional Spring training & the start of a minor league season and showcases the best of local talents here in WA.
The Showcase includes
Combined testing for scouts and National team selectors
8 Days of Spring training
3 Days of professionally live-streamed games available for viewing by Tampa Bay Rays Head of International Scouting, National team selectors & pro and college scouts
Off field development programs
Baseball WA Award Winners
The Victoria Park Belmont Baseball Club takes great pleasure in congratulating our BWA Award Winners for the 2020/21 season. An amazing achievement by all.
Best Under 21 Award Winner
State League 1
Throwing 86 innings, picking up 7 wins, 72 strikeouts and with a 2.93 ERA, Matt had a standout year with glove, bat and ball.
Platinum Glove Award Winner
State League 1
Catching 203 innings, allowing only 10 stolen bases and throwing out the other 8 that attempted to steal whilst not allowing a single pass ball all year, Josh had a stellar season.
Fairest & Best Award Winner
Our adopted womens player, Emily had another standout season in all facets of the game, a very deserving winner of the fairest and best.
2020/21 Annual Presentation
State League 1
Andy Meloncelli Memorial Most Valuable Player Award
Bob Ossey Hitting Award
Henry Paulin Memorial Slugging Award
VPBBC RBI Award
Doug Corker Runs Scored Award
Eric Knight Memorial Coaches Award
Jack Smalpage .293
Jack Smalpage .522
Jack Smalpage 19
Jack Smalpage 23
State League 2
Frank Smalpage Most Valuable Player Award
Sean Downes .295
State League 3
Most Valuable Player Award
Ben Warrington .353
Most Valuable Player
Nathan Dixey .478
Most Valuable Player
Gavin Embrey .511
Most Valuable Player
Jason Bulner .513
Most Valuable Player
Dylan Auer .344
Special Club Awards
Corker Family Best Club Team Award
Bob & Dave Payne Best Junior Playing Seniors Award
Bob Meloncelli Memorial Pitching Award
John Godfrey & Paul Craig Most Stolen Bases Award
The Jackson Family Best Club Person Award
The Embrey Family
Nine WA Players Named to Inaugural National Junior Squad
Baseball Australia has named its inaugural National Junior Squad with nine WA baseballers making the cut after shining at the 2021 Rays Baseball Showcase in January
The squad is set to take part in a camp at the Australian Institute of sport in Canberra from April 3-11 as part of Boral Team Australia's preparations for the 2021 WBSC U/18 Baseball World Cup in Florida
To view the full roster and further write up from BWA click here
New club coach
The Victoria Park Belmont Baseball Club is pleased to announce the appointment of the new club coach for the 2020/21 season
Welcome to 'The Park' Rod Drew
Rod comes to The Park with an impressive résumé, including 30 years involved at the top levels of baseball within the state. He has been involved in numerous finals campaigns with State League and AAA teams, being the State League coach at Morley for two years and at South Perth for three.
He has commanded Baseball WA State and High Performance coaching roles since 2000, taking various age groups (Under 14's through to Under 23's) to 15 National tournaments, and impressively, only once not finishing in the top 4.
Rod has travelled to the States 7 times as one of the team coaches for the World Baseball Showcase Colts teams run by Steve Fish, being involved with many high school and college games. He has also assisted at many Perth Heat and Western Heelers training sessions since 2000.
He has an amazing work ethic, strong commitment to junior development and brings with him a winning culture.
On top of this he has been the Facility Manager at Baseball Park since July 2007 and has an unmatched love of the game.
Junior Awards Night
The Victoria Park Belmont Baseball club is happy to announce that the Junior Presentation Evening will now be held on Friday June 18 at the Forster Park Community Hall commencing at 6pm
cnr Abernethy Road & Keane St
Buffet dinner will be provided, including Roast beef & gravy rolls, pizzas, finger foods