Mayor of the Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane, threw the first pitch for Kellyville Kolts Baseball Club’s 30-year celebrations on Saturday, October 29.
The club held a fundraising game between the Kolts under-17s and the ‘Hills Allstars’ – a team selected from other clubs in the Hills area.
All proceeds raised from the game went to The Red Kite Appeal – a charity that provides support to children and young people with cancer.
Todd Van Steensel from the Sydney Blue Sox was on hand to support the event.
Todd was born in Sydney but has spent most of his professional playing career in the United States, notably with the Minnesota Twins.
The ceremonial first pitch is a longstanding tradition of baseball in which a guest of honour throws a ball to mark the start of the game.
Mayor Keane said she was honoured to be considered for the job.
“I love baseball – it was a an incredible honour to throw the first pitch for the Kolts’ special anniversary game and meet all the talented players,” Mayor Keane said.
“I grew up around softball and baseball and enjoy not only the way the game develops teamwork and leadership skills, but also the tactics and strategies used throughout the game.
“I congratulate the Kellyville Kolts on 30 years of baseball in The Hills, and I look forward to following their progress this season,” Mayor Keane added.