Lower Eyre baseball
THE new Lower Eyre Peninsula Baseball League president is committed to growing player numbers and making baseball an attractive sport in Port Lincoln.
Brenton Harvey became the new president at the league's annual general meeting on July 22, taking over from Garrie Jones.
Mr Harvey said his passion for baseball prompted him to put his name forward for the vacant position.
"I could see we needed a few changes and I just want to see baseball become a strong sport again," he said.
Mr Harvey has been playing baseball in Port Lincoln for the past 33 years, starting at Coyotes when he was 11 and making the move to Saints last season.
He also served as league vice president, during which time he contributed by constructing the backstop fence at the Ravendale baseball diamond in 2007.
I could see we needed a few changes and I just want to see baseball become a strong sport again.Brenton Harvey
Mr Harvey said a focus for him this year was to look after the safety and happiness of players, which included finding out preferred times and venues to play games.
The league has had issues with player numbers, particularly in under 16s, which saw Indians playing a maximum of seven full games before finals last season and Saints recording just one.
"If you work on making players happy, make people want to play by looking after players, you will attract players to play," he said.
Mr Harvey the league was looking to start the 2019/20 season in early November and was looking for feedback from the league's four clubs on the season's fixture.
Other members of the committee include vice president Jeremy Hartwich and secretary Koren Jenkins.
"I think we've got a fresh, positive committee and so far we all seem to be on the same page," Mr Harvey said.