LEFT: Marist Brothers batter Matt Wyatt during a game against Norths.
LEFT: Marist Brothers batter Matt Wyatt during a game against Norths. Marc Stapelberg

He's gonna have to face it he's addicted to (baseball) glove

LISMORE Brothers baseball player Matt Wyatt has admitted he is battling a serious addiction.

Thankfully, this particular compulsion doesn't require rehabilitation - only a ball, a glove and one seriously strong pitching arm.

"Baseball is definitely an addiction. You've really got to feed it," Wyatt said, describing his love of the game.

The baseball-mad Goolmangar resident will join forces with fellow Brothers player and mate Jake Muscat, from Clunes, to compete for Queensland in the Under-25 National Baseball Titles.

It will be held from September 29 to October 4 at Trinity Beach, Cairns.

The titles will be Wyatt's third year in a row playing at a national level for Queensland and Muscat's second time, as he competed last year.

Wyatt was looking forward to making an impression alongside his team-mate of about seven years, who won Golden Arm- Best Pitcher of the tournament at last year's titles.

"We had a pretty good result last year. The team came second and the year before we actually won," Wyatt said.

He was confident the Queensland team would be a force to be reckoned with, despite a lack of experience.

"It's a young team with a few new members," he said.

"Lots of enthusiasm there though."

The Northern Star's baseball correspondent Rob Baxter said the Queensland team was picked from a 40 player training squad held over four weeks, which consisted of weekly training sessions, a game against a US College team and a draining four game series against a strong Japanese University All Star organisation.

Wyatt, who works as a delivery driver when he's not throwing curveballs, wasn't particularly shocked he made the cut again.

"I've been pretty consistent with my game. It was good enough to impress the higher-ups, at least," he said. "Hopefully I'll go up and play and maybe someone (like a recruiter) will notice."

The titles will prove a challenge for many keen competitors, with entry now open to baseball players returning from college and professional tenures in the US.

Still, Wyatt was pleased to see returning players bringing their skills and hype to the attention of Australian sports fans.

"More people heading over to the US and other places means more experience and attention brought back to Australian competition," he said.

The titles, hosted by Baseball Australia and Cairns Baseball League, is the first event of its kind to be held in north Queensland.



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