Baseball grand final series starts tonight at Albert Park
THE top two teams in the FNC major league, Norths and Workers, will battle it out tonight in the first game in a best-of-three grand final series at Albert Park at 6.30pm.
They fought it out all season in the minor rounds with only four points separating them in the last regular game of the season, with Norths taking out the minor premiership .
Offensively, both teams have plenty of strength in their line-ups, with Norths spearheaded by James Linger, Clint McCarthy, Matt Hill, Jason Britt and Ben Daly all hitting well this season.
Workers are also led by Jason Caught, Mick and Scott McClelland and Dallas Knapp, who are all capable of producing the long ball to turn a game in one swing.
In the pitching department, Norths will look to Britt, Dean Gillespie and Paul Simes, all of whom can dominate the opposition. Workers also have good pitchers in Caught, Mick McClelland and Aaron Olley, who can tie up batters with a mixture of curves, sliders and change-ups.
Workers' Troy Pruess, who tore his calf muscle two months ago, took the mound last week against Brothers and will do the same in this series if needed. He is still suffering from calf discomfort but would boost Workers' pitching staff.
Game two will be played at 2pm tomorrow, and game 3, if required, will start at 5pm.
In Division 1, minor premiers Norths will take on Easts. Norths are led by Lucas Myers, Leon Elliott, Jason Bromell and James Baxter, all of whom have been playing well.
Easts also have plenty of quality players with the likes of Reece Smith, Scott McNamara, Aiden Hanlon and Lachie Cumming.
In Division 2, minor premiers Easts take on Norths. Easts took the minor premiership easily this year and will be hard to beat, but anything can happen in a grand final.
Minor premiers Ballina will clash with Easts in Division 3.