Lismore schoolboy selected for international baseball tournament
By Richard Forbes
ONE of Lismore's more exciting young baseballers has been selected for the Under-14 NSW side competing in the 18th Beijing International Youth Boys Baseball Tournament in Beijing in August, but he needs help to get there.
Locally, Norton 'NJ' Bolt plays in the U-16 and Div 2 for Norths, but in eight months he has played for both Queensland and NSW.
He has made 11 hits, the best for the Queensland A-team. His RBI is 9 and he has a very high average of 478. His average in fielding is 900, with only one error.
After former Australian and FNCBA pitcher, Adrian Meagher watched NJ pitch, he said that he was a freak; one of the hardest throwing junior baseball players he's seen at this age, with his peak pitch last year, 120kph.
After making the change to Baseball from Softball at the end of 2005 and representing Queensland last year, NJ he says that he's never looked back.
"I tried baseball and felt that it was the sport for me," the 14-year-old said. "I've represented Queensland and now I'm looking for sponsorship to raise around $5000 for the tour. This is the closest I can get to playing in the US."
Norths U-14s Geoff Baxter said that NJ is a talented junior baseball player who could go on to represent Australia and could even go further by making a career from baseball.
He has impressed many baseball scouts with only one season of baseball under his belt. Any enquiries or pledges of support can be directed to Norton snr on 0421 799 473.