Bears Represent Australia
With the Senior Winter Championships being held last weekend in Geelong there were no local games, however the Bears have 6 players in the Geelong squad led by bears coach Lewis Weldon.
When it comes to Australian representative honors for either Baseball or Softball, Bears have 5 players.
Brock Wells is the lone Australian baseball representative in the 5. In May 2018 he was selected for U18 Team Australia to compete in a friendly series in Arizona USA against minor league clubs. Brock also played in the MLB World Select Team in 2018, which comprises 30 of the best U18’s outside the USA.
Lewis Weldon played in both U19 and U23 Australian sides winning the batting averages in 2007/2008. Lewis broke into the national men’s side in 2010 winning rooky of the year and has remained in the national side including an MVP in 2016 and a narrow loss to New Zealand at the 2017 world championships in Canada to claim Silver.
Tayla Weldon played her first game of baseball with the Bears in 2018 but has a long history in the Australian women’s softball team. Tayla was in the Australian squad from 2007-2019 playing in the 2009 Trans Tasman test series as well as the 2011 U19 world championships.
Jye Robinson joined the bears this season for his first taste of baseball, but heads to Brisbane in July to represent Australia in the International Friendship series.
Kris Kiefel has played at the bears for a few seasons but is in 2017 was inducted into the Australian Softball Hall of Fame. Kris first played for Australia in 1995 and has now played 130 games for his country. Kris has won 2 bronze medals in the 2004 and 2013 world championships and has also played professional softball in both Japan and North America.