Big wet shifts baseball champs

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The recent inclement weather has claimed a major victim, with the Australian Baseball Federation forced to move the national women's titles away from the Illawarra.

Illawarra baseball president Bret Shipp on Wednesday confirmed the championships will be played at Mooreback and Campbelltown after the Wollongong grounds were deemed unplayable.

The under-15s titles will also be moved to Sydney.

"We've just had too much rain down here, so it will all move to Sydney - they're taking over the running of it," Shipp said.

"We'll have a chat to the Australian Baseball Federation about possibly hosting the titles again.

"It's a possibility, but at this stage we'll just wait and see."

Among the longest serving players at the titles, catcher Erin Shipp will represent NSW Country at her 12th national titles, playing as a relief pitcher and third base player as well.

Kiama Braves pitcher Maddi Lenard will play for NSW Metro.

The women's competition starts on Saturday, with teams from each state battling it out to play in the final on May 26.

The under-15s titles now start in Sydney on Friday, with the final to be played on Tuesday.

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