Gold standard in baseball
FAR North Coast Under-16s and FNC Invitational Under-20s held up the local brigade in junior baseball, winning gold in the Rex Airlines Timberjacks Friendship Series.
In the 16s, the locals pitched up a storm to win their first title for many years, defeating Country Baseball NSW 11-1 in the final.
Coach Dave Youngberry paid tribute to his young pitching staff who have been working hard since the beginning of the season under former Australian and New York Mets AA hurler, Matt Gahan.
Gahan’s nephews, Michael and Jordan, have been following in the family footstep atop the mound, with Michael a standout throughout the tournament and as starting pitcher in the final.
The youngster dominated his opponents throughout, with middle reliever and fellow Queensland team-mate Dean Gillespie, making it impossible for CBNSW to gain momentum.
The final was the culmination of four wins from five pools games and a batting line-up that just kept delivering hits.
The young Timberjacks amassed 54 runs from their six games, with Bee Bowyers double and triple in the final bringing in five runs alone.
In the Under-20s, the FNC Invitationals, under the guidance of Geoff Baxter, dominated the opposition throughout to win their age group.
In the Under-14s the locals finished a credible sixth in a field of 10 teams.
Far from home, the Sydney-based KOA Kangaroos took out the age group giving former Nimbin junior Gary Bazzana his second victory in as many appearances as coach of the Sydney touring sides.
Bazzana paid tribute to the organisational volunteers and the quality of the facility in praising the locals for the quality of the tournament and the opportunities it provides to juniors to play tournament baseball.
In the 12s FNC came a credible third in a pool of seven teams.
Brisbane-based BADDY’s were undefeated in their run for the title, narrowly holding out Gold Coast Blue by one point to take their first title.