The WA Women's State Team is on a mission going into the 2022 Australian Women's Baseball Championship: make it back to finals after finishing second in 2019.
"The goal is to win the gold medal, and we have a team that can do it. We have a good blend of experience and youth, with Borgo leading the way on and off the field," assistant coach/EO Amanda Mirco said.
Mirco joins Kurt Russell and Joe Borgomastro in supporting a talented women's roster as WA looks to follow up the silver-medal success of the last women's nationals before the pandemic sidelined the event for two years.
"The team is excited to be back at nationals for the first time since 2019. It was good to get a practice at the field in yesterday," Mirco said. "Everyone is taking it all in and enjoying being away as a group and doing what comes with travelling as a team, from being on the buses, fines sessions, hanging out with each other as a group, even doing the laundry!"
The coaches know how important having a tight-knit team is to their overall success on the national stage.
"I think our strength is how well this team has bonded in such a short period of time. When we are away the team is a family and everyone has each other’s back. It’s seems to be a little more magnified this year, with not being able to travel the past two years, the team is really excited to be here and everyone has bought into our team philosophy and everyone wants that gold medal and do what is needed to get it," Mirco explained.
As the WA team gears up for Friday's opening game against Victoria in a rematch of the 2019 grand final, the players and coaches are confident they have what it takes to go all the way.
"Everyone we have selected has a role to play. In my 15+ years with the team, I have seen some of the most unlikely people step up in big situations, but have also seen the veterans remain steady and get it done when they have been bruised and bloodied. It is what makes nationals special," Mirco added. "We have a heap of supporters that are travelling over to watch, which is always great. And everyone loves to get messages of support from home, so keep it coming Perth."
WA's opener against Victoria will be broadcast starting at 5:30 AWST on baseball.com.au/videos.
View the full schedule, roster, and updates on the AWBC hub and click HERE to follow along with WA on GameChanger.