Provincial stage awaits Khayelitsha baseball stars

Onwabile Gxalaba, Emihle Mwezo, Abulele Sotyato, and Eminathi Feni are off to the provincial games later this month.

Khayelitsha Giants Baseball Club aims to be a place where dreams are nurtured.

The passion for sport thrives in the heart of this community and Giants stands as a beacon of hope and opportunity for many youth.

Among the budding sporting stars looking to make their names within the sporting echelons are four young baseballers adorned in the blue and white colours of the Giants..

Onwabile Gxalaba, 12, Eminathi Feni, 12, Emihle Mwezo, 12, and Abulele Sotyato, 10, may still be young, but their passion for the game and their raw talent have already set them on an upward trajectory..

The four players completed the Cape Town Baseball Federation trials that earned them a spot in the provincial team set to partake in the national championships in Gqeberha later this month.

Their success at the trials was a testament to their hard work and the unwavering support of their coaches.

What is even more remarkable is that the club itself is only five months old and will already have representation in the provincial team.

Onwabile is described by her coaches as having a natural flair for the game, effortlessly transitioning between the roles of shortstop, pitcher, and catcher. Whether diving for a ground ball or delivering a lightning-fast pitch, her presence on the field is nothing short of electrifying.

Eminathi has a fearless approach on the field of play and juggles between the left and right field with ease and with no signs that she has just started playing the sport.

Emihle possesses lightning-quick reflexes and a keen eye for the ball. She displays an instinct for the game and that makes her a formidable presence on the field, earning the respect of both her teammates and the opponents.

Abulele is the youngest member of the Giants quartet but with a heart as big as the diamond itself. He is the defensive linchpin of the team and assumes the roles of catcher and pitcher with a maturity beyond his years.

Hailing from a place where opportunities may be scarce and dreams often deferred, they together with their coaching staff that includes Bantu Sotyato are determined to defy the odds in pursuit of their softball dreams.

Sotyato and the Khayelitsha Giants Baseball Club, as a new club, have limited resources, which poses a challenge to their operations. .

As the four members prepare to don their provincial colours, they are still faced with the major task of raising funds to attend the championships. With only so much the club and parents can afford, they are appealing to anyone capable of helping them live their diamond dreams. To support the players and the club contact club chairman Marshal Saniso at 078 227 9021 or 073 707 6615 or send an email to khayelitshagiants@gmail.com

Emihle Mwezo
Eminathi Feni
Onwabile Gxalaba
Abulele Sotyato