Local interest in Queensland Rams
WITH their winter season still months away, local baseball fans have been following the progress of the Queensland Rams in their summer Claxton Shield campaign.
The Rams have a young side that has been gaining valuable experience in the home-and-away Claxton Shield series, a lead-up to the relaunch of the Australian Baseball League this year.
Lismore umpire Paul Latta has been officiating Rams games for the past three months while Norths’ James Linger, who has signed with the Atlanta Braves organisation, has made six appearances for the Rams.
Linger is the first of a new brigade of locals to feature in the national tournament and is likely to soon be followed by Dan Muggleton.
Muggleton is in his final year of junior baseball and working hard in Geelong with the Queensland Under-19 side as it defends the national title it has held for the past two years.
On the horizon are another group of potential professional baseballers with Mitchell Watt and Michael Gahan also in Geelong with the Under-17s while Jordan Gahan, Dean Gillespie and Jake Youngberry areat Beenleigh with the Under-15s.
The FNC is not a stranger to the representative scene, having supplied numerous players for the Rams over the years and in the former ABL with several players turning out for the Gold Coast Cougars, Brisbane Bandits, Hunter Eagles and Sydney Blues.
The Rams’ final Claxton Shield assignment will be at Holloway Field in Brisbane against NSW from January 21 to 23.