Baseball/softball presentation | PHOTOS

Veterans Scott Preiss and Sam Watson took home the Whyalla News Medals for baseball and softball respectively at the Whyalla Baseball and Softball Association Presentation.

Young star Kaden Gilbert winning the Junior Best and Fairest Medal meant Road Runners had a clean sweep at the presentation. The club also won three premierships during the season.

It was the third Whyalla News Medal in a row for Mr Preiss who had a great season with the bat, finishing with the highest batting average and most Runs Batted In while coaching Road Runners to an A Grade premiership.

Mr Preiss said baseball was a team sport with single accolades like the Whyalla News Medal being a bonus.

"You want to win things as a team so winning a premiership was great because I got to share that with my mates," he said.

"Between all teams the camaraderie and the way the game's been played has been good. Hopefully we can keep that going for a few more years."

Having pitched in previous years Mr Preiss focused on batting and fielding this year and was rewarded with a strong all-around season.

Mr Preiss said it was no secret all baseball teams struggled to find new players during the season, but he hopes baseball will continue to live on in Whyalla.

"I've got some kids of my own that are starting to play baseball now so I want to see the sport survive because they really enjoy it," he said.

Mr Preiss thanked his teammates for making the season an enjoyable one.

Meanwhile fellow Road Runners star Sam Watson was also instrumental in her team securing a premiership in softball, despite going in as underdogs.

"Our team clicked and we probably wanted the premiership more that day," she said.

Ms Watson, who also took out the Golden Glove, Most RBIs and Highest Batting Average awards, said it was a privilege to win the Whyalla News Medal after a tough year.

"It was probably the worst season my body has felt...retirement might be on the cards but this is a great way to finish off the year with a clean sweep," she said.

"We won three premierships and all three Best and Fairest Medals so that says a lot about the quality of Road Runners.

"I love playing a team sport more than an individual sport. It's great to get out there and have a laugh - getting away from everything else."