Our teens shine as Qld side seals title
TALENTED FNC representatives Dean Gillespie, Nathan Cunningham, Sam Martin and Andrew Muscat are celebrating after helping their Queensland side secure national baseball honours.
The quartet was part of the Sunshine State squad which has won the 2014 Under-14 National Baseball Championship in Canberra.
After coming through the group stage with impressive performances against other state and territories, the team won two more games in the second round to progress to the final.
A solid performance saw Queensland secure the crown with a hard-fought 3-1 win over Western Australia.
All four players also made a significant contribution to their team's success at the event, which featured some of the country's best players in the age group.
The group plays for Queensland as FNC is linked to the state for geographical reasons.
Pitcher Dean Gillespie threw a complete game shutout against New South Wales in the group stage, giving up four scattered hits while striking out four players. His impressive statistics featured an earned run average of 1.17 while the opposition batting average was a low 0.160
Andrew Muscat also did a great job on the mound with an earned run average of 4.22.
Both Nathan and Sam had solid batting averages of .294 and .267 respectively, while defensively neither boy committed an error.
The event, which wrapped up yesterday, is one of the biggest dates on the junior calendar.
Meanwhile, keen young baseballers across the FNC are invited to register for a helpful Summer holiday skills camp.
The three-day session will offer tuition for players in the Little League, under-14 and under-16 age groups.
It will be at the Mudgeeraba Redsox Baseball Club and starts next Monday.
For full details, visit http://www.qld.baseball.com.au.