Baseballer catches the eyes of scouts

Greystanes girl Ashley McGregor has played just seven games of baseball but is already touted as a future NSW player.

The Fairfield Phoenix Baseball Club youngster started this summer season and has been an instant hit.

Ashley, 12, has impressed the Phoenix club officials and also representative selectors which run the Baseball NSW Junior All Girls Series.

The series starts in February and Ashley will make her debut playing for the Bankstown district against other associations. From this competition, NSW age teams are then selected.

Ashley was noticed by the representative selectors playing for the Phoenix and her name went straight in the black book.

Fairfield Phoenix Baseball Club comes under the Bankstown representative district with the juniors' series run by the NSW Women's Baseball League.

Fairfield Phoenix club patron and Ashley's under-12s team coach Roy D'Abrera said she is making "big strides".

"Ashley hits the ball pretty hard and with more training she will progress into a good ball player if not a great player," D'Abrera said.

"She also fields and throws well and moves quickly in the outfield.

"We are also schooling Ashley to be the lead batter in our team."

New Zealand-born Ashley came to Australia with her family three years ago.

The youngster said she loves playing baseball and is keen to impress in the series.

"I am surprised how quickly I have adjusted to playing baseball," Ashley said.

"I really like the Phoenix club, they have been good to me."

Growing up in New Zealand, Ashley adapted to several sports including softball, netball, rugby union and Oztag.

Ashley's elder sister Kereana , said she is not surprised with her younger sibling adapting to baseball.

"We all played sport and Ashley is one of five children in the family," Kereana said.

"Ashley is a good athlete."

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