Natalie House is back in the Green and Gold after having time off baseball to have a baby. Nat answered some questions for us, so we could all get to know her.
How long have you been playing baseball?
What/how/who/why got you interested in playing baseball?
I first started playing tee ball and baseball was the next step.
What clubs have you played for and how important have they been in your development?
I have played with both Vic Park and Morley Eagles. I went through juniors with Vic Park , playing with the boys throughout my junior years has helped my development.
How do you think the women's state programme has evolved during your years of involvement?
I think it has improved a lot from when I first started in 2007 to the Present. The talent of the girls that are coming through the program is the best I have seen in a long time.
What are some of your best baseball memories?
Firstly winning our first National Championship in 2010 will always be a memory stuck in my head forever. We didn't have the best team on paper but we worked so well as a team which pushed us to succeed, going undefeated throughout the tournament.
Second would be winning a Silver medal at the 2010 Women's World cup in Venezuela. We had a lot of ups and downs off the field and not playing for a couple of days due to off field problems (edit ** a player was hit with a stray bullet whilst playing in a game!!!!). We almost got sent home but chose as a team to stay and compete which we went on a won a medal.
Biggest game day superstition?
I never step on the lines going to and from the field.
Who is the best player you have played with and against and why?
This is a tough one as I have played against some Great players. Obvious one would be Christina Kreppold as she just gets out there and grinds away. Always a tough out and such a reliable player. Another one would be Tahnee Lovering she is just one of those players that gets the job done when needed and is such a fierce competitors.
Who has been the most influential person on your baseball career to date?
Earlier days I would have to say my Dad, he started this for me in my tee-ball days. I have had a lot of great coaches.
Throughout my career as well who have made me the player I am today. One coach I would have to say would be Graeme Ward, he was a hard coach but pushed you to be your best. Last one would have to be my husband Chris he has given me such great knowledge about the game that I never knew before.
What does it mean to you to pull on the Green and Gold and represent your country?
I mean its a every baseball players dream come true, its such a privilege and opportunity to play for your country.
Its and experience you will never forget no matter what the outcome is.
What are your hopes for the World Cup? Can we win the Gold?
That's our goal to win the gold medal We have such a talented team which I think we can make that dream come true.