After going strong for more than 40 years, the Hedland baseball season takes off again on Friday October 15 with an A-grade double header at Marie Marland Reserve. Port Hedland Baseball Association vice president Mitch Williams said the competition was close last year and he expects the same again. “We had four really good strong teams last year and I expect it to be a good contest,” he said. One of the key changes this season will be a double header happening between the A-grade teams on a Friday night as opposed to hosting Friday and Saturday night games in previous years. “This year we are trialling A-grade to play double headers on a Friday night and hopefully by having all four teams play on a Friday night it will create a bit more atmosphere,” Williams said. “Instead of playing Friday and Saturday, we can get everybody down on Friday and gives people more time to spend with their families, plus spectators and fans of baseball can all rock up.” The two teams from the A-grade reserves will play on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Williams predicted the Brewers would be the team to beat this season. “Brewers took care of the Swans last year in the grand final, they are a good side, they have some good pitching and hitting all the way through,” he said. “They have a great coach in Freddy Lindberg and Chris Brown as well. “Pirates are also looking pretty good with some young talent coming through and the same goes for Sharks.” Williams said the competition was open to new players. “Get in touch with the Port Hedland Baseball Association on Facebook if you are interested, we are very flexible to help out people who are shift workers,” he said.