Nathan on his way to Yankee Stadium one pitch at a time

WINDING UP: Pitcher Nathan Cunningham prepares to unleash another effort for his FNC side at this year’s Baseball Queensland Under-18 State Titles.
WINDING UP: Pitcher Nathan Cunningham prepares to unleash another effort for his FNC side at this year’s Baseball Queensland Under-18 State Titles. Stuart Turner

IT is a long way from Lismore's Albert Park to New York's Yankee Stadium - but Nathan Cunningham may bridge the gap one day.

The 17-year-old is part of the FNC side currently hosting the Baseball Queensland Under-18 State Titles.

Cunningham plays with Brothers in the regional competition and also regularly travels to Brisbane from his Coffs Harbour base for matches.

He has already secured representative junior honours and hopes to play on the pro American circuit one day.

"It will take a lot of time and dedication, but you never know," Cunningham said.

'It's taking a lot of effort, but it is what you have got to do.

"I just love the enjoyment of baseball. You meet new people and I get to travel around Australia.

"I love meeting new players (as well)."

Some of the best young players from across the region and the Sunshine state are in action at the three-day event, which started on Saturday.

After two wins from its first three matches against North Queensland (5-4) and the Gold Coast (2-0), FNC was in contention for the title at the seven-team event.

A tough 2-1 loss to Brisbane Metro yesterday afternoon has severely dented those hopes, though, with Brisbane North looking good for the title.

The high-quality clash with Metro went into extended time, with the ninth innings in play.

Bryce Long was the hero for Metro, hitting the decisive scoring runner in to seal the win.

Sam Martin was a standout performer in a great team effort by FNC, throwing out two Metro runners stealing.

Cunningham described the loss as "heartbreaking" but said he was enjoying playing with FNC, which is affiliated with Baseball Queensland for geographical reasons.

"This team is a great side to play with," he said.

"I think it means a lot to the boys to put on a performance like this.

"Monday is a new day. Hopefully we can play well from the off."

Action continues at Albert Park today, with the tournament wrapping up this afternoon.



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