Jess Riley smashes another drive for her FNC side at the Baseball Queensland Under-18 State Titles, held in Lismore.
Jess Riley smashes another drive for her FNC side at the Baseball Queensland Under-18 State Titles, held in Lismore.

Jess shows girl power at baseball state titles competition

NO-ONE was more determined to do well at this year's Baseball Queensland Under-18 State Titles than Jess Riley.

The 17-year-old was the lone female representative in the Far North Coast squad for this year's competition in Lismore.

Brisbane North took the title after a packed three days of action, which featured promising players from across the region and the Sunshine State.

As one of the few girls featuring at the event, Trinity Catholic College Lismore student Jess said she was extra motivated to shine.

"I do feel like I'm showing the boys a bit of 'girl power'", she said.

"I don't really feel under any pressure to do well. I just try to play as well as I can. I do feel part of the team. The boys are pretty good to be around - they always apologise if they do something rude.

"I guess me being here hopefully shows that girls can play alongside the boys and do well."

FNC finished third at the event after racing up four wins from its six matches at the competition, which wrapped up on Monday.

The region's team, which is affiliated to Baseball Queensland for geographical reasons, defeated rivals including Gold Coast, Brisbane South, North Queensland and Brisbane West during the Albert Park competition.

First baser Jess has been playing baseball since 2006 and has worked her way through the various age groups.

The Year 11 student, who plays for Redbirds in the FNC Major League competition, said she loved being part of the sport.

"Baseball is part of my life, I suppose," she said.

"I've made heaps of good friends through baseball. It is fun and keeps me active.

"I like being part of the team as well."



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