Far North Coast's Matt Wyatt cops a high ball in the Under-20s game against the Timberjacks at Albert Park.
Far North Coast's Matt Wyatt cops a high ball in the Under-20s game against the Timberjacks at Albert Park. Cathy Adams

Baseball carnival a big hit

A WET weekend failed to dampen enthusiasm at the Summerland Credit Union Timberjacks baseball carnival at Albert Park, Lismore, with some quality hitting the highlight.

The Under-20s division went down to the wire between three teams.

FNC had the chance to deny Gold Coast the title, with starting pitcher Jeremy Sexton conceding just a single hit in four innings, but Gold Coast went on to win, blowing away the locals 7-1.

Despite the win, Gold Coast was left two runs short, leaving Brisbane Metro with the silverware.

Far from disgraced, the locals also fielded a Timberjacks composite side, with players from Brisbane, Gold Coast, FNC and Canberra.

The Timberjacks finished equal first, but were relegated to third on for and against.

Alex Simpson figured in the most memorable moment - an in-the-park grand slam home run - during a solid win over Metro.

The most valuable payer for the tournament was Metro's Shaun Lynch, while team-mate Jamie Knight topped the batting averages with 636. FNC's Brendan Gillespie finished in the top three with 461.

Gold Coast dominated the Under-16s with a six-game clean sweep while Ryde picked up the silver.

FNC twice lost narrowly (7-4) to Ryde and twice to Gold Coast.

Gold Coast's Connor O'Gorman was in sensational hitting form, chalking up the incredible batting average of 778, pipping Ryde's Lachlan Turner with 750. O'Gorman's was the tournament MVP.

FNC's Mitchell Watt was third with 500.

In the Under-14s, Brisbane North dropped just a single game to the Timberjacks invitational team on their way to winning the title.

Gold Coast came second with just two losses. FNC finished equal with the Ku-ring-gai Stealers and Victoria.

Karl Hoschke from the Stealers capped a sensational weekend with bat and ball to take the tournament MVP while Brisbane North's Joshua Fritsch amassed topped the batting averages with a stunning 800.

The Timberjacks' Michael Reddy was fourth with 666, while FNC's Jake Youngberry was sixth with 500.

In the Under-12s, former Timberjacks junior Gary Bazzana's Stealers snatched the title from Gold Coast Blue 6-3 in a sensational grand final victory. The Stealers lived up to their name, stealing the game at the death.

The carnival attracted about 500 players and officials from 24 teams.


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