By TENAJH SWEETING
Tribune Sports Reporter
After celebrating their one-year anniversary this summer, the Reloaded Baseball programme is preparing to host their second baseball invitational. The baseball action is set to get underway from October 6-9 at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. The three-day invitational will feature competition from the Coach Pitch to 14-and under (14U) division. Young athletes from the capital will be joined by players from Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Andros, Exuma, Long Island, Bimini along with international teams from the USA.
Peron Burnside, president of the Reloaded Baseball programme, has been adamant about the development of the Reloaded players in efforts to improve their skills to international standards and believes this invitational will be a continuation of the progress made.
“We are continuing our pursuit of development to international standards for all Bahamian kids, even the ones who may not have had this opportunity afforded to them,” Burnside said.
Coming off the heels of the programme’s “Bat 2 Base-ics” baseball and softball camp this summer and their inaugural invitational in April, the president is excited to host another one six months later.
“As we have only completed our first year in existence it has been exciting to watch the kids in Reloaded develop and advance,” he said.
He added that the programme never stops baseball and now with the collaboration alongside International Sports Academy (i-Elite) they have taken development to another level for the kids.
The Reloaded Baseball Invitational is open to not only teams that play in New Providence but also Family Island teams that want to register.
Baseball teams interested in the upcoming three-day event are asked to reach out via the website www.reloadedbaseball242.com or contact 826-7298 for more information.
Following the programme’s camp in August, the Reloaded players will receive the opportunity to partake in Miami Marlins’ Jazz Chisholm Jr Little League set for September 23. The developmental league will be headed by Geron Sands and Albert Cartwright of I-Elite.
Additionally, Reloaded Baseball are already planning their next events which include a pitching and catchers camp hosted by international coaches.
Also, in the winter season they will host a “Stay at Home” baseball event where international teams will play competitive games against local teams as well as engage in training.
“Reloaded will not be deterred in its pursuit to develop our kids to international standards and walk them into scholarships and possibly further,” he said.
The second edition of the Reloaded Invitational will be priced at $10 for the general public.
The programme offers a special thanks to the National Sports Authority for playing an integral role in its developmental journey.