Joshua Roberts, left, of the Brisbane Bandits collides with Melbourne Aces catcher Scott Wearne as he attempts to get home during an Australian Baseball League encounter at the Melbourne Showgrounds last summer.
Joshua Roberts, left, of the Brisbane Bandits collides with Melbourne Aces catcher Scott Wearne as he attempts to get home during an Australian Baseball League encounter at the Melbourne Showgrounds last summer. Getty Images

Lismore plays ball!

LISMORE will host an Australian Baseball League three-game series between the Brisbane Bandits and the Sydney Blue Sox.

The teams will play at Albert Park with the first game on Friday night, November 30, followed by a double-headeron Saturday, December 1.

The Brisbane Bandits have combined with Far North Coast Baseball and the Lismore City Council to bring the three-game series to Lismore.

"We're a proactive sport and the more exposure we can get for baseball the better," FNC Baseball commissioner Paul Latta said. "This gives us the chance to get the game in the faces of kids and enable us to grow as a sport."

Bandits general manager Paul Gonzalez, a former professional baseballer, is thrilled with the move.

Gonzalez has represented Australia and was part of the Queensland team that played a Claxton Shield game against NSW in Lismore.

"We want to extend our brand to a region that really supports the sport," he said.

"It's tough to beat this facility and we'd like to start a relationship and continue it.

"We're excited, the energy is pretty good here and hopefully we can put on a good show."

There will also be pre-game coaching clinics and post-game functions in town.

The baseball series comes on the back of Lismore securing an A-League soccer trial game between the Melbourne Heart and Western Sydney Wanderers at Oakes Oval later this month.

"Lismore loves its sport and we know we have a great facility here," Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell said.

"It's an opportunity for people who don't even follow the game to come out and see it at the highest level."



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