No regrets for Bishop over baseball switch

LINDA WOOD
Last updated 05:00 16/12/2013

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The all-American dream of making baseball's big-time is over for Te Wera Bishop.

Bishop, 20, signed a seven-year contract with the Boston Red Sox baseball organisation two years ago, but was released from that a few months ago.

"They [Red Sox organisation] terminated my contract," Bishop said.

"They just said it was part of baseball. That is just how things go."

However, despite having his contracted ended early Bishop has no regrets over switching from softball to baseball.

"It was awesome, unbelievable," he said.

"If anyone wants to do that I'd suggest they take the path if they get the opportunity. It is an awesome experience and you learn a lot of things."

Since being released from that contract Bishop has been playing for the Adelaide Bite team in the Australian off-season league, but is now hopeful he can opt out of that contract and return to Wellington and softball.

"It was great ball, but I just got a bit too homesick and wanted to come back. We are working on that [contract release] right now.

Bishop is also hopeful that a return to the softball scene will also earn his way back into the national team. Ironically as he played his first softball game for more than two years, the Black Sox under the guidance of new coach and former world championship winning captain Mark Sorenson were having their first training camp in Lower Hutt.

"I would love to be back there," he said.

"I saw Mark a couple of weeks ago, and he has emailed me. We have kept in touch and have talked about it."

Bishop didn't waste too much time in showing the form which saw him make his Black Sox debut in 2010. In his first bat he collected a safe hit which scored team-mate Haizley Martin and while he struck out in his next two turns at bat he did his bit to help his club team Porirua City United celebrate a 4-1 win over Poneke-Kilbirnie at Hataitai Park in the intercity men's competition game on Saturday.

However, Bishop was not the only member of his family to have a major influence on the outcome with his older brothers Sam and Te Kahui picked up home runs.

Older brother Sam's hit came in the fourth inning and was the go-ahead run, then younger brother Te Kahui also got himself on the scoresheet with a over-the-fence hit in the fifth inning. Team-mate Gene Lutton also got himself on the home run list with a seventh inning hit.

"It was awesome to be back," he said.

Meanwhile, in other intercity games Johnsonville beat Miramar 5-2 and Dodgers toppled Hutt Valley Marist 9-5.

In the women's competition Te Aroha beat Porirua City United 3-2.

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- The Dominion Post

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