CHAMPIONS: FNC celebrates with Lismore City Council mayor Jenny Dowell after taking this year’s Baseball Queensland Under-23 state title.
CHAMPIONS: FNC celebrates with Lismore City Council mayor Jenny Dowell after taking this year’s Baseball Queensland Under-23 state title. Stuart Turner

Making a pitch to cross border

ANDREW Carrall hopes his FNC side's Baseball Queensland Under-23 state title success will provide a huge boost for the sport in the region.

Carrall's team put in an excellent performance at the tournament over the weekend, winning all four of its matches to capture the trophy.

It was a second victory in four years for FNC at the event, which showcases developing talent from the Sunshine State and the north coast region.

Coach Carrall said the victory could help provide further playing opportunities for the region's players - as well as earning him some bragging rights over his interstate rivals.

"I might have a few words with the Brisbane guys now," he said with a smile.

"We are looking to put senior teams into the Brisbane competition next year, with teams in A and B grade.

"We are hoping it will make the Brisbane officials see that we can play the game down here.

"This win will help the players so much and can only help the growth of baseball in our area."

FNC was the dominant side at the event, held at Lismore's Albert Park.

It was tough going for all the teams after Friday's scheduled opening day was washed out.

After making a belated start on Saturday with a 5-2 win over North Queensland, FNC really got into gear.

A 19-4 win over Brisbane West and a 5-3 triumph made it three wins from three, before FNC completed its run on Sunday night with a 10-4 win over Brisbane North.

Carrall said the extra quality of his side, which is affiliated with Baseball Queensland for geographical reasons, had been crucial.

"It has not really sunk in yet," Carrall said.

"I think we had good calibre of players of guys that can play any positions.

"They have played together for so long and know each other's strengths and weaknesses.

"It was a good win and I am very happy with the players' effort."

Carrall thanked his coaching assistants and everyone who had assisted the tournament.

Baseball Queensland development officer Shayne Watson thanked Lismore City Council and everyone who helped organise and run the event.



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