Northern Star

Norths lose key player

ASTS Redbirds will be firmly in the sights of the third-placed Norths As in Far North Coast Major League baseball today, with the game a must win for the As.
 
Redbirds are riding a high after a solid win over Workers.
 
Norths are yet to overcome the top sides this season but have the potential to be serious contenders.
 
The As have the luxury of depth in their pitching stocks, but have recently lost Mark Robb, who has left the area with work commitments. Norths will miss his pitching and his hitting

The As will look to their experience in Paul Simes and Steve Ross to keep ticking over the hits.

Lead-off hitter Matt Vidler has also been in scintillating touch.

Redbirds have found good form, especially when Nick Shailes is on the mound.

With an ability to consistently account for one-third of batters through strike-outs, Shailes keeps his team in the game, giving the batting plenty of latitude.

Far from a one-man show, Redbirds hit consistently through the order, while Luke Davis, Peter Best, Mick Munro, Robbie Pruess and Stephen Best give the team plenty of pitching options.

In the other game today, Brothers will have their work cut out against Workers.

The Brethren continue to improve, especially when young players like Josh Dardengo are showing potential.

Brothers have reasonable pitching depth with Luke Sharpe, Mark Newstead and Jeremy Sexton all capable of taking control of a game.
 
But Sexton, in particular, needs to step up a notch for Brothers.


Coaching clinic

THE Baseball Queensland junior coaching clinic, sponsored by the Summerland Credit Union, will be held at Albert Park on June 1.

It is open to all junior baseballers (12 to 20 years) in the region.

All rep players are required to attend as part of their preparation for upcoming tournaments.
 
The day goes from 9am to 2pm.

Inquiries to Robyn Youngberry on 0438-662523.


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