CLOSE CALL: Kodey WiIford (Brothers) is tagged out at second base by Micka McClelland (Workers) in a close play.
CLOSE CALL: Kodey WiIford (Brothers) is tagged out at second base by Micka McClelland (Workers) in a close play.

Baseball: Efficient Easts show they’re the team to beat

DEFENDING premiers Easts took the outright lead in Far North Coast Major League baseball with a 6-2 win over Norths on Saturday.

In the other game, Brothers grabbed their first win of the season, 12-2 over Workers.

Easts wasted no time getting runs on the board and led 3-0 after three innings thanks to timely hitting from Will Riley, Reece Smith and Dylan Olive.

They grabbed another run in each of the next three innings on hits from Riley, Olive, Smith and Peter Best, extending the lead to 6-0.

Norths were held score- less until the eighth innings due to a commanding pitching performance from Michael Munro and the flawless Easts defence.

Riley, a rookie, stood out with the bat for Easts, notching up three hits while scoring three of his team's six runs.

He was well supported by Olive, who had two hits and scored two runs.

In the other game, Brothers led 4-0 after two innings with hits from Jake Muscat, Taliesin O'Meara, Jarrod Elliot and Kodey Wilford.

Workers hit back with one run in their turn at bat but Brothers scored five in the fifth innings to make it 9-1.

Brothers continued to add to their score in the late innings with another three runs, while Workers grabbed one in the eighth.

Brothers tallied 14 hits and, together with a great performance from O'Meara on the mound, always looked the winners.

O'Meara pitched the complete game, giving up only six scattered hits while striking out nine.

Pointscore: Easts 9, Norths 7, Brothers 5, Workers 3

FAR NORTH COAST BOYS GO CLOSE

THE Far North Coast Little League baseball team has just missed a chance to play in the national tournament in June after finishing fifth in the David Nilsson state titles.

They had two wins and two losses from their first four games, putting them up against Brisbane South. A win in that would have given them a chance at the bronze medal.

After leading 3-1 and with only one out to get to secure a win, some untimely errors alllowed the Brisbane side to score three runs and win 4-3, eliminating FNC from the medal round.

FNC finished with three wins and three losses.

All the players did an outstanding job, with the coaches very proud of their efforts, not only on the field but off the field, showing great sportsmanship.

The top three teams, Gold Coast Pirates, Brisbane North and Brisbane Metro, will now play in the National Little League tournament in Lismore in June showcasing some of the best junior baseballers in Australia.



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