HAVING A BALL: Lismore’s Kodey Wilford will represent Australia in the U15 team at the Baseball World Cup in Mexico later this month.
HAVING A BALL: Lismore’s Kodey Wilford will represent Australia in the U15 team at the Baseball World Cup in Mexico later this month. Marc Stapelberg

Kodey pitches into international baseball competition

LISMORE baseball player Kodey Wilford is about to embark on his next overseas trip representing Australia's under-15 team in Mexico.

Wilford has already played baseball in China and the United States and will now be part of the U15 Baseball World Cup.

There will be 18 teams at the two-week tournament, which starts on July 31.

An invitation to trial for the Australian team came as a surprise to Wilford and his mother, Sharon.

"It was a complete shock and surprise," Sharon said. "We were sitting at the baseball and an email came up on my phone from the Australian Baseball Federation."

Wilford was one of 40 players selected to trial at Palm Meadows on the Gold Coast in June.

The St John's College Woodlawn student showed his versatility by trialling at three positions: pitcher, catcher and third base.

There were 20 players selected after the three-day camp with Wilford now gearing up to represent the green and gold for the first time.

He has already represented Queensland at U14 level and played in Colorado with that team.

He recently returned from another tournament in Florida and has also travelled overseas with a Perth team in the past.

"Playing college baseball in the US is his ultimate dream," his mum said.

"He loves the game and plays it all-year round."

Wilford plays Far North Coast Baseball with Brothers and also travels to the Gold Coast to play with Surfers Paradise.



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