MATTHEW BATES RETURNS AS DIVISION 2 COACH
Fresh from taking the premiership, we are thrilled to welcome back Matthew Bates for his second year as head coach of our top Division 2 side! Batesy is in his seventh season at the club, also a veteran of Indians Baseball Club where his family were heavily involved as he made his way through the junior ranks. 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 (Division 1).
Dubbed a "Shakespearean sonnet writer" by Padres commentator David Hopkins for his perfectly composed curve ball, Batesy remains a dominant force on the mound in our Division 1 side and a crucial part of the coaching staff. With a wealth of playing experience, including several stints in Queensland junior teams, an outing for the Queensland Claxton Shield team and a season on the mound with the Brisbane Bandits, he has been part of four grand finals with Indians, winning three. Although he was involved in two Division 1 grand finals at Padres without taking a premiership, Batesy has been a part of our premiership-winning Division 2 side in the 2016-17 and 2018-19 season.
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 has been heavily involved in University Baseball, representing QUT Baseball Club.
We are excited to have Batesy on board again this season as both a coach and a player!