Moreton Bay Regional Council and Pine Hills Lightning Baseball Club has partnered for many years in creation of a second baseball field for our expanding club and we thank Moreton Bay Regional Council for their hard work and continued support of our club.
We are very delighted to announce the Mutch Family Field has been completed and ready for use by Pine Hills Lightning Baseball Club members!
It is with great pleasure that Pine Hills Lightning and Moreton Bay Regional Council recognise the highly commendable achievements of Bruce and Sue’s dedication and volunteer commitment to baseball and honour their son, Paul.
Bruce Mutch, wife Sue and son, Paul Mutch (dec.) have had extensive involvement in Baseball in Queensland from grass roots level to National and ABL level for over 30 years. Their involvement and contribution to Pine Hills Lightning Baseball Club and Baseball in Queensland started when they joined Mitchelton Unicorns T Ball Club in 1987. Bruce became a major sponsor of the Brisbane Bandits, while still retaining his sponsorship of Baseball Queensland, Pine Hills Lightning Baseball Club, instrumental in the expansion of the club to Bunya in 1990 and was President of the new club in its' formative years.
Bruce was honoured with a 10 year Service Medal for Volunteering in 1997/98 and granted Life Membership in 2003. Bruce has also been involved in the Windsor Royals Baseball Club and is a major financial sponsor of both clubs through his business Alderley Hire.
Following the untimely passing of his son, Paul in 2004, Bruce has presented the Paul Mutch Medal each year to an outstanding Queensland Player from with Pine Hills or Windsor club. Bruce was elected to the Baseball Queensland Board of Management and served as Commissioner from 2010-2013. One of the major initiatives of Bruce's tenure as Commissioner was the upgrading of the Bannister Park facility as a home for Baseball Queensland.
On the resurgence of the Australian Baseball League, Bruce became a major sponsor of the Brisbane Bandits, while still retaining his sponsorship of Baseball Queensland, Pine Hills Lightning Baseball Club, and Windsor Royals Baseball Club.
Bruce has supported the sport of Baseball in other ways as well, offering employment and career opportunities to many players and imports at Alderley Hire, and continuing to assist them in both on field and off field endeavours.
Paul Mutch was the first Pine Hills Lightning Junior to sign a Professional Contract with the Minnesota Twins Organisation, and was a member of Australia's Silver Medal winning squad at the 2004 Olympic Games before his untimely passing.
A celebration of the new Mutch Family Field will be organised over the coming months.
Picture: (left to right) The Mutch Family - Sue, Bruce, Kathryn and Evie