FNC puts best foot forward at national baseball competition
THE 2016 National Junior Baseball Tournament concluded with mixed results for the Queensland teams.
Far North Coast Baseball had four representatives in three teams with Taliesin O’Meara and Oakley McMahon in the under 18s, Riley Donnelly in under 16s and Clare Evans in the women’s open team.
The under 16 team finished fifth overall with South Australia running out winners for the first time in 37 years.
Riley put in a polished performance in the tournament finishing with a batting average of 0.385, 0.556 on base percentage and a 0.850 fielding average.
He finished in the top four in the team for his batting performance.
The under 18 team, which played for the bronze medal, was beaten by NSW 4-3, relegating them to fourth spot. NSW Country took home the gold medal.
Taliesin put in great outings on the mound coming away with the win against ACT, not allowing a run, and finishing with an earned run average (ERA) of a low 2.53.
He finished third in innings pitched and ERA in the team and only allowed 3 runs against him over the tournament, striking out nine batters along the way.
Oakley was just as impressive recording the highest fielding average for Queensland, not committing an error in 34 chances in the field, along with an impressive 0.333 batting average.
The open women’s Queensland team found the going a bit tougher than their male counterparts finishing fourth but were no way disgraced, finishing with three wins.
Clare finished with a batting average of 0.500 and a fielding average of 0.800.
The players now have a chance to be selected in the Australian teams still to be announced.
The FNC Junior Little League team begin their quest at the state titles in their age division today at Narangba, Queensland.