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Seven of the West's best named to U23 squad
Seven West Australian stars have been named in Team Australia's side for the U23 World Cup
10/09/2018 11:16 PM ET
 (Baseball Australia)

Seven of Western Australia's best young stars have been selected to represent Team Australia at the U23 Baseball World Cup in Columbia later this month.

Perth Heat players Sam Kennelly, Robbie Glendinning, Jess Williams, Alex Hall, Ulrich Bojarski and Locky Southee are joined by fellow West Aussie Josh Rawlinson in the 24-man squad.

"It's fantastic to see seven of our players rewarded for their efforts with an international call-up," Baseball WA Chief Executive Lachlan Dale said.

"Representing your country is the greatest achievement any sportsman or woman can receive."

With seven players selected, WA is the most represented state.

"It just reaffirms the quality of the guys we have over here in the West that we are able to have such a strong presence in the national team," Dale said.

The team announcement was extra special for infielder Kennelly, who is one of just seven returning players from the 2016 tournament where the Aussies took home a silver medal.

"There was a special vibe around that group," Kennelly said.

"We had a great mindset, put everything on the line each game and most importantly, we played for each other. 

"It's a memory I'll never forget."

With the likes of former Helms Award winner Aaron Whitefield and Detroit Tigers prospect Zac Shepard, Kennelly is confident Australia have the team spirit to cause some surprises in Columbia.

"Whether or not we have the most talented team, we need to stick together and play the game the right way," the 22-year-old said.

"We know we can match it with the best in the world, and we have the potential to win the whole thing."

Australia will play alongside Venezuela, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Korea and Puerto Rico in Pool B.

The playing-group fly out for a week-long camp in the U.S. on Thursday before opening their campaign against Venezuela on October 19.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.