FOCUSED: Gold Coast’s Conor Laverty winds up to throw during the under-16s Far North Coast v Brisbane South Queensland state titles game.
FOCUSED: Gold Coast’s Conor Laverty winds up to throw during the under-16s Far North Coast v Brisbane South Queensland state titles game. Nolan Verheij-Full

FNC U18 team shines for bronze at Baseball state titles

THE FNC under-18 baseball team took the bronze medal in the Queensland State Titles, which were held at Albert Park over the past four days.

In the first of two games, it took on Brisbane South, with the winner moving to the medal rounds. After being two runs down in the fifth innings the side flexed its muscles, scoring seven runs through some great team batting highlighted by hits from Will Riley, Lachlan Ford with a triple, and Reece Marsden with an inside the park home run. Brisbane grabbed one run in its last at bat, going down to a strong FNC team 7 runs to 3.

James Clark put in a great effort on the mound, restricting many Brisbane big-hitters.

FNC moved to the medal round to fight it out with Brisbane North.

After being down 3-0 going into the fifth innings, FNC sent 12 batters to the plate to score 6 runs and take the lead 6-3. It was a disciplined team batting effort that put pressure on the Brisbane pitchers.

Brisbane hit back in its turn at bat to tie the game 6 all.

FNC showed its "never give up" attitude to snatch the lead in the final innings, grabbing another two runs to take the lead 8 -6.

Brisbane hit back again, scoring another run. With the tying runner at third base, Brisbane was denied the chance to tie after great fielding by FNC.

The under-16s took fifth spot in the titles after defeating North Queensland 6 runs to 5. Kodey Wilford pitched a great game in striking out 6 and giving up only two walks.

He also grabbed two hits and was well supported by Harry Martin, who had two hits including a home run.

A training squad of 40 will be selected this week and the final team of 20 players will be selected after intensive training for the nationals in January.



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