FNC Under-18s bring home the bronze
THE Far North Coast Under-18 baseball team has emulated the success of the Under-16s by securing the bronze medal at the Queensland championships.
FNC took on Gold Coast, North Queensland and three teams from Brisbane during the four-day carnival at Redcliffe.
On the first day FNC had a convincing 15-3 win over North Queensland, including 10 runs in the sixth innings.
The good form continued with a 12-2 win over Brisbane North, scoring 10 runs in the first three innings.
The following day FNC lost to Brisbane Metro 8-3 before taking on Gold Coast in their fourth game.
Gold Coast led 11-1 after four innings with the FNC hitters having no answer to pitcher Chase Heindrich.
When he was replaced FNC came alive with five hits, scoring seven runs, but it was not enough and they went down 14-12.
In the last game of the preliminary rounds, FNC gave up six runs in the first two innings and lost 11-1 to Brisbane South.
In their first game of the play-offs, FNC avenged their previous loss to Gold Coast with a 5-3 win.
Jacob Ponton and Kodey Wilford combined to keep the opposition in check on the mound while standouts with the bat were Seth McClelland, Damon Mitchell and Noah Worgan, grabbing two hits each, while Oakley McMahon had three RBIs.
FNC then took on Metro with the winner moving on to the gold medal game against Brisbane South. Metro proved too strong, winning 10-3
It meant FNC had to fight it out with Brisbane North for the bronze medal.
Brodie Olive drove in seven runs, including a grand slam home run.
Damien Santin was solid on the mound, pitching the complete game, giving up only three earned runs while striking out five.
And two FNC players took out the home run derby. Each team nominated two participants and Oakley McMahon came out on top with Kodey Wilford taking second spot.
A Queensland state train-on squad will be selected soon with the final team announced in early November to compete at the national titles in Sydney in January.
FNC representatives Seth McClelland and Josh Healy have been selected in the Queensland Under-16 train-on squad after the team won the state bronze medal earlier this month.