Pitcher Troy Pruess has been in top form for Workers this season.
Pitcher Troy Pruess has been in top form for Workers this season. Marc Stapelberg

Pruess is on fire

WORKERS pitcher Troy Pruess has helped spearhead his team to the top of the ladder in Far North Coast Major League Baseball.

Workers are three competition points clear of defending premiers Easts Redbirds and are looking for their first grand final win since 2007.

They beat Redbirds 2-0 in the best-of-three grand final series in 2007, after consecutive losses in 2005 and 2006.

It is a big year for the club - it celebrated its 50th anniversary last month and is also leading divisions 1, 2 and 3.

"It's just been a great year for everyone," Workers Major League player-coach Scott McClelland said. "All our senior teams are on top and our other team is second in the under-14s.

"We have a couple of extra players this year and we had about 180 people come to the anniversary."

McClelland believes their biggest threats for the Major League premiership are Redbirds and Marist Brothers.

He named pitchers Michael Olley, Wayne Devlin, Jason Caught and Pruess as the key to their success.

"Wayne is in his 40s but he just keeps going," McClelland said.

"Troy Pruess has been outstanding. We're lucky we've had this team together for a couple of years.

"We definitely want to go all the way and if we can back up our pitchers with some solid batting then we're laughing.

"It's been an unreal season so far and our pitching has kept teams at bay."

Brothers and Norths are fighting it out for third spot, with only one point separating them.

The semi-finals will be played at Albert Park, Lismore, on September 8.



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