THE Far North Coast Under-16 baseball team has brought home the bronze medal from the Queensland championships in Brisbane.
FNC took on North Queensland, Brisbane South, Brisbane North, Brisbane Metro and Gold Coast in the four-day carnival, which at times was disrupted by rain.
Brisbane Metro claimed the title, defeating Gold Coast in the final.
Metro was the same team that won the Under-16s Timberjacks carnival in Lismore in July, when they beat FNC in a close game.
FNC started disastrously, going down 10-1 to a spirited North Queensland.
The FNC pitchers had some control problems, giving up nine walks and eight hits, while the batting line-up could manage only five scattered hits.
FNC hit back in the next game, defeating Gold Coast 10-3 with discipline at the plate yielding nine walks and eight hits. Alex Battese led the way with three hits.
Seth McClelland and Riley Gregor combined to shut out Brisbane North in the next game, with FNC winning 11-0.
The two boys did not concede a hit, registering eight strike-outs and giving up only two walks.
Brisbane Metro edged out FNC 16-15 with the teams combining for 16 hits.
The lead changed throughout and FNC led by a run going into the last innings but two errors allowed Metro to get the two runs needed for a win.
In the last preliminary game, Brisbane South defeated FNC 9-5.
In the semi-finals, FNC played Metro again and the Brisbane team busted the game open in the last innings to win 11-6.
That put FNC into the bronze medal play-off against Brisbane North.
Jacob Ponton and Josh Healy combined in a great pitching performance to lead FNC to a 10-0 win.
The pitchers gave up only two hits and struck out five.
Coaches Scott McClell- and, Aaron Olley and Greg Healy did well to mould the boys into a solid outfit.
A Queensland squad will be selected soon, with the final team to contest the national carnival in Sydney in January.
FNC have a number of talented players who are a chance of state selection.
The FNC Under-18s will contest their age division in Brisbane this weekend.