Junior baseballers selected for Queensland train-on squads
SIX Far North Coast junior baseballers, together with two regular players from the Gold Coast, have gained selection in Queensland train-on squads after competing in the state championships.
For the Under-16 squad, 33 players were selected from the seven teams at the state titles, including three FNC players.
Jake Taylor, the FNC Under-16 MVP this year, along with Seth McClelland and Riley Donnelly attracted the selectors' attention.
Jake and Seth play for Workers in the local competition while Riley suits up for Brothers.
Jake had a very successful 2015 season, finishing with a batting average of 0.714 and playing at second base and catcher.
Seth was the FNC Under-14 MVP last year, playing shortstop and catcher.
Riley travels from Mullumbimby each weekend in winter to play in Lismore while in summer he travels to the Gold Coast.
A versatile player, he is capable of playing in a number of positions but specialises in pitching, catching and shortstop.
Local Major League player Scott McClelland has been selected as assistant coach for the Queensland Under-16 team.
In the Under-18 squad, Will Riley, Oakley McMahon, Taliesin O'Meara and Kodey Wilford have gained selection.
All play in FNC Major League every Saturday and have all put in solid performances this season.
Will was MVP in the Under-20s comp while Kodey has represented Australia as an Under-15.
All players show versatility on the field, capable of playing in a number of positions
Along with the four FNC players, two players who represented Gold Coast at the state titles and play regularly in Lismore have also been selected.
They are McKenzie Pearson and Steven Edwards.
All will now travel to South-East Queensland twice a week for the next six weeks for intensive training, often arriving home at 2am.
After that final squads of 18 will be selected for the national championships in Sydney in January.