Canberra, Australia – Concordia College has a rich history of baseball players advancing to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) and 2012 graduate Christopher Motta (Bronx, N.Y.) is on track to be the next Clipper to accomplish that goal. Motta recently made his professional baseball debut for the Australian Baseball League's (ABL) Canberra Cavalry on November 3rd.
Since graduating from Concordia with a degree in Education this past spring, Motta has been training in Florida in hopes to signing a professional baseball contract. He was spotted by a coach from the Cavalry staff and soon enough he made the 10,000 + mile trip and make his professional debut.
Motta would earn the starting pitching roll for the second game of a doubleheader against Canberra's rival, the Sydney Blue Sox, last Saturday night. He would pitch 6.0 strong innings allowing only one earned run on three hits while striking out four batters, including the first two batters he faced, in the no-decision. His team would score the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning for their first victory of the season as the Cavalry are 1-2 overall.
The ABL was founded in 2009 and is jointly owned by the MLB and the Australian Baseball Federation (ABF) with the ABF serving as the league's governing body. The Canberra Cavalry were founded in 2010 and play their home games at Narrabundah Ballpark.
For more information about the Canberra Cavalry, the ABL and to follow Motta this season visit: http://web.theabl.com.au/index.jsp?sid=t4066.
Photo courtesy of the Canberra Cavalry.