Baseball back on Lower Eyre

PITCH: Tim Pobke warms up as Shields look to defend its 2015/16 Lower Eyre Peninsula Baseball League crown.

PITCH: Tim Pobke warms up as Shields look to defend its 2015/16 Lower Eyre Peninsula Baseball League crown.

TOMORROW will be the start of the new Lower Eyre Peninsula Baseball League season as the four teams aim for championship glory.

Rival teams, Shields and Indians, will face off at Dorward Oval while Coyotes and Saints play at Ravendale.

Shields reclaimed its spot on top of the A grade last year, winning its ninth championship in 10 years against Indians.

Indians claimed the B grade title and once again had teams in all three finals.

The Shields team will be mostly unchanged with pitcher Tim Pobke, infielder Glen Schreiber and promising utility Kane Hope expected to stand out.

The Indians will be hungry however and will be boosted by the likes of Mitchell Lyons, Kingsley Bilney Jr and pitcher Kieran Vermeulen who returns for a full season.

Meanwhile Coyotes are coming off their 40th anniversary season and showed great improvement in the second half of the season under coach Garrie Jones.

The Saints were competitive all year and were unlucky to miss out on the finals last season.

Coyotes will have several big names on deck with catcher Luke Howie and pitcher Luke Jantke to feature, as well as players coming up from the under 16 championship team including Kameron Miegel and Tristan Binder.

Saints will field a strong team including talented pitcher Dean Miller, versatile utility Shaun Lever and the Blewit brothers Dylan and Jayden.

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