Plenty on Latta’s plate
FAR North Coast Baseball commissioner Paul Latta this week flew to Venezuela as Australia’s representative umpire for the women’s World Series starting tomorrow.
The appointment caps almost a decade umpiring in the FNC competition, plus seven years in the Brisbane Summer League and three years as a Claxton Shield umpire.
Latta attended the Jim Evans Professional Umpires School in Orlando, Florida, in 2006 and has been close to international selection for several years.
While the event is his first overseas appointment, he has umpired games in Brisbane involving Australian men’s and Under-19 teams.
As a player, Latta competed at a national level as a junior and represented the Hunter Eagles in the Australian Baseball League in the 1990s.
The appointment is an opportunity for Latta to work towards the most coveted of appointments – the 2012 World Baseball Classic – as well as other tournaments involving Australian teams.