Floods to finals in FNC baseballs 80th year
THE Far North Coast Baseball association has just completed its 80th season and handed out a stack of awards at its end-of-year presentation.
The season started disastrously when the day before the regular season was scheduled Lismore was hit with the worst flood in more than 40 years, with the Albert Park complex suffering its most damage since the site became its base in 1965.
It took more than 1000 volunteer hours of work to resurrect the baseball fields for play to start, all be it three weeks late.
The damaged suffered to the fields put the National Little League tournaments in jeopardy but the determination and backing from FNC Baseball volunteers, Lismore City Council and Baseball Australia saw the carnivals go ahead.
The association held four major events during 2017, with two National Little league tournaments, the Timberjacks Carnival and - for the first time- the MLB Invitational for the best 12- and 13-year-old players from across Australia.
All these events brought much-needed financial injection into the local economy.
The beginning of the 2017 season saw the completion of the new batting tunnels which allowed up to four groups at once taking batting practice - a far cry from the old cages.
FNC Baseball was also granted funds for improvements to the Albert Park complex, including a major upgrade of the baseball fields.
Elsewhere, Seth McClelland joined an elite group of FNC players who have had the distinction of receiving the Most Valuable Players award in every age group.
Past players to receive the award included Paul Latta, Mark Buckley, Shane Davis and Michael Gahan.
FNC Baseball inducted its 10th life member in Rodney Green, who has work tirelessly both on and off the field for the improvement of baseball in the Northern Rivers.
The association will be looking to its 81st year for more success stories.