Far North Coast catcher Kodey Wilford, with batter Jeremy Glover, has made initial selection in the Australian squad to play in the United States.
Far North Coast catcher Kodey Wilford, with batter Jeremy Glover, has made initial selection in the Australian squad to play in the United States.

Eyeing the big time

FAR North Coast baseballer Kodey Wilford knows what awaits him if he performs well at the upcoming Australian Little League Championships.

The 12-year-old Marist Brothers pitcher is hoping to represent Australia at under-13 level in the Cal Ripken International Series in the United States.

But first Kodey wants to lead his FNC side and doesn't need any extra motivation. "We have some younger guys in our team but we've been competitive so far," Kodey said.

"We've trained hard and it's starting to show.

"I've already been playing for five years so it comes naturally to me.

"The guys that are in their second year in team have been playing well."

FNC players Michael Gahan, Mitchell Watt and Lachlan Allen have represented Australia in the Cal Ripken Series before.

Allen had to fight his way into the team last year after missing out on the original squad of 18 at the selection trials in April.

A stellar performance at the Australian Little League Championships and some arm twisting from FNC baseball commissioner Paul Latta eventually helped Allen make the team.

However, Kodey has already made the initial squad and is hopeful of making it to the United States.

"I've tried out for and expect to hear a bit more about it soon.

"We'll be up against some strong teams and will have to play well," he said.

Kodey expects the most competition from Brisbane-based teams when the Australian Championships play on May 24.



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