The Granite City Oilers have greeted news of a new permanent home and celebrated with their latest victory.
Aberdeen City Council granted permission for permanent bases to be put in on the Oilers’ Beach Esplanade field.
And the club beat the Edinburgh Giants 18-0 in their Scottish National League season opener at George Chalmers Field – renamed in honour of the Aberdonian pitcher who played in the Major League in the 1900s. Oiler Ross Marnie said: “Finally, this is the second permanent ground in Scotland. Last year we had to measure the bases every single match.
“Chalmers was from the city, though not well known. We’re trying to keep his memory alive.”
This is the second season for the Oilers after the team was disbanded in 2014.
They want to improve on the surprising fourth place they gained last season.
However, the club are struggling to pay all the necessary expenses.
Marnie added: “We’ve had a number of fundraising nights. There is also the chance to sponsor a player and for £50 you could buy a signed picture or a signed ball.”
During the season the team will travel to Glasgow and Edinburgh, and plan to compete at international tournaments in Dublin and Belfast.
The league is open either to men or women over the age of 14, although the junior age limit is 16, which means players/ parents can decide when to step up, and is full of players of different nationalities.
One of the Oilers’ new additions, pitcher Federico Gambedotti, has played for the Italian youth squads and spent a year of high school in California to improve his game. He said: “It was a good win against the Giants, though i’m waiting to face stronger teams.
“We have players from Italy, Taiwan and America, and our group are young and talented. Our goal is to win the league.”
The club have plans to expand the passion for baseball throughout the community, starting with the youths.
Marnie said: “We’re hoping to have two squads next year and we definitely want to get more kids involved.
“A member of the team is in talks with primary schools to organise some taster sessions at the field.
“Two kids’ leagues are starting off in Edinburgh and Glasgow and i hope to get one in the North-east.”