IT seems the Australian Baseball League four-game series between the Auckland Tuatara and the Adelaide Bite has come along extremely quickly.
It was not too long ago the fixture was announced and the baseball fraternity in Mount Gambier swung into action.
The Blue Lake Sports Park venue was judged by the ABL as one of the best in regional Australia, an easy choice for the Auckland home game.
Upgrades were required, but with plenty of support in the region, everything went like clockwork.
Thanks to so many dedicated volunteers, along with Mount Gambier city council, the venue came up a treat.
Baseball Australia chief operating officer was impressed as everything came together, describing the working bees as a “small army of volunteers”.
The excitement has continued to build and the day has finally arrived.
The series kicks off tonight, with a 7pm timeslot which will see the Tuatara and Bite go head-to-head under lights.
There will be plenty of interest at the venue, but there would surely be no doubts about the quality of the facility.
Riding on the success of the series are more possible games to be played in the Blue Lake city.
Foster even suggested a further expansion team from Japan or Taiwan
was planned in the future, with Mount Gambier in the running as a home base.
Whatever the case down the track, at the moment all eyes are simply on Blue Lake Sports Park this weekend as the region has the chance to witness the best in baseball in the country.
The lineups include former Major League players from the USA, along with the best Australian/New Zealand talent in the business.
Four games are set across the weekend, with tomorrow seeing a double header, with a day game from 4pm, followed by another 7pm fixture.
The series winds up on Sunday with a 1pm game.