Redlands Rays celebrate 25 years as baseball club

Redlands Rays Baseball Club organisers are working hard to finalise preparations for this week's 25th Anniversary celebrations which will be held at the club grounds in Duncan Road, Sheldon from Friday to Sunday, February 21.

BASEBALL: Club founder, the late John Murray, was an integral member of Redlands Baseball Club for more than 15 years.

BASEBALL: Club founder, the late John Murray, was an integral member of Redlands Baseball Club for more than 15 years.

Although baseball has been in the Redlands since 1991, the club was initially affiliated with Indians Baseball Club at Runcorn and operated as Southside Indians Baseball Club until 1995 when it became Redlands Baseball Club.

The celebration will begin on Friday evening with a meet and greet event which will include founding committee members, political representatives and members of the two first A-Grade teams to play at the club on October 1, 1995.

This will be followed by the Rays Division 1 game against Redcliffe Padres Grey at which the club's first President, Tony Street, will throw the first pitch.

The planning committee has put together a display of memorabilia showing the club's progression to the state-of-the art complex it is today.

Weather permitting, all Rays teams will play at home throughout the weekend, including the Masters team whose game has been brought forward to 5.30pm on Saturday to ensure all teams are able to take part in celebrations.

There will be fun for all ages with games on the concourse and raffles. Full details of the weekend's activities can be found on the club Facebook page.

Redlands teams have been playing well throughout the post-Christmas season with Little League Division 1 Rays and Division 6 Mantarays both at the top of their respective ladders and Rays Division 1 and Little League Division 2 Devilrays in second place.

With just three weeks of competition play before the start of the playoffs, all 15 teams are working hard to improve their standings in their league.

Redlands Baseball Club is located at 20 Duncan Road, Sheldon.

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