MATTHEW BATES JOINS DIV 1&2 COACHING STAFF
Padres player and coach, Matthew Bates, has joined our 2017-18 season Div 1&2 coaching staff! Joining Head Coach, Phil Overlack, Matthew, or "Batesy", is in his fifth season at the club. Batesy also started his playing years at Indians Baseball Club where his family were heavily involved. Volunteering from a young age, Batesy became president of Indians for three years from 2009 until the 2012/13 season. He then came to Redcliffe ...to join Phil Overlack as a starting pitcher for A-Grade.
Batesy has a wealth of playing experience, including several stints in Queensland junior teams, one outing for the Queensland Claxton Shield team and a season on the mound with the Brisbane Bandits. Batesy has been part of four grand finals with Indians, winning three. Although he was involved in two grand finals at Padres (both three game series), we unfortunately did not come away with the premiership.
Batesy also played four years of collegiate baseball in Illinois and Arkansas where he was drafted by the Florida Marlins as a freshman. He has coached at regional and collegiate level, been a part of the Queensland Baseball Academy programs over the years and remains heavily involved in University Baseball, representing QUT Baseball Club.
Outside of the senior teams, Batesy also donated his time as the coach for our Under 16 Division 1 team in the latter part of last season. We are excited to have Batesy on board again this season as both a coach and a player!