HAPPY BOYS: The Cronulla team celebrates winning the Australian Little League Baseball Championships in Lismore on Tuesday night.
HAPPY BOYS: The Cronulla team celebrates winning the Australian Little League Baseball Championships in Lismore on Tuesday night. Matt Roberts Kangaroo Photos

Cronulla makes history in Aus Little League Baseball Champs

CRONULLA became the first NSW team to win the Australian Little League Baseball Championships in Lismore.

They beat Swan Hills 7-3 in the final at Albert Park on Tuesday night.

"We knew that we had a pretty special group here but you come up to something like this and you need a little bit of luck along the way," Cronulla coach Darren Fullerton said.

"The hallmark of this team has been that we execute all the way down the order.

"We had guys put the ball in play when they had to, we had the bunts get down when they had to, you know I couldn't be more impressed with this group of kids."

Cronulla won all six of its games in the leadup to earn a place in the gold medal match.

The win means they will represent Australia at the Little League World Series in the US in August.

There were 20 teams from across Australia that took part in the six-day tournament in Lismore.

Perth teams dominated the competition in recent years winning the previous three events.

Ryde North beat Hills 7-6 in the bronze medal game.

The Little League World Series is broadcast globally on ESPN to a potential audience of 45 million people.



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