Canberra Cavalry batter Michael Wells was the hero. Photo: Jay Cronan
AT 40 years of age, Michael Wells was the oldest player in the Australian Baseball League, which made winning his first Claxton Shield all the sweeter.
Wells' solo shot over the left field fence proved the difference in game two of the ABL Championship Series, which Canberra won 7-6.
Teammate and fellow Canberran Aaron Sloan - who was named most valuable player - wasn't even born when Wells played his first ABL game.
''It's been a long time for us to win a championship, Canberra's only been in it a few years here and there, '' he said. ''It just feels fantastic for this team and Canberra and baseball in general.''
Wells felt he'd had a couple of bad at-bats as he stepped to the plate to face Jack Frawley. There was nothing bad about what happened next.
''I was probably disappointed with a couple of my at-bats earlier in the game, so I was just trying to put on a good swing, what can I say?'' Wells said.
''I got a good swing away on a pitch over the plate.''
And will he be back next year? ''I don't know, we'll see what happens, it'll be a pretty good ending if it is.''