Moloney Named WSBC Scorer of the Year

Victoria’s Jennie Moloney has been named 2019 scorer of the year by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

The award – for Moloney’s support in the global effort of scorers – was announced as part of a Gala Dinner to close out last week’s third WBSC Congress in Sakai, Japan.

Moloney, who scored at this month’s Premier12 tournament, told baseball.com.au the award came as a complete shock.

“It was a big shock,” Moloney said.

“I was down at Geelong last Thursday night scoring the Geelong-Korea and Sydney game and towards the end of the game my phone started pinging away.

“At the end of the game I looked and everyone was saying well done and congratulations.

“I had no idea until I checked my emails.”

Scoring Premier12 capped off a massive 2019 for Moloney.

She has played a role in reviewing and revising the scoring manual, helped with a scoring clinic for Softball Asia and helped in testing and fine-tuning the scoring software for next year’s Olympics.

The Williamstown Baseball Club life member also scored at the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in Taiwan in August.

Moloney started scoring baseball 43 years ago purely by chance.

“My husband (Alan) played and when we started going out together I thought I’d go along and watch,” she said.

“I arrived and there was no one else there to watch and they went ‘oh great, we’ve got a scorer’.

“I went ‘what?’.

“But from there I progressed on.”

Moloney scored at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and Beijing in 2008 and is hoping to get the opportunity again in Tokyo next year.

“It’s been a fantastic ride,” she said.

“I’ve been very lucky.”

Moloney still scores Williamstown’s second division games and in the Australian Baseball League.

Her main objective now is to help other scorers achieve their goals and have the same opportunities she has been presented.