Baseball season ends, now for Qld titles
IN THE Far North Coast baseball lower grades and juniors, grand finals last Saturday featured some great contests and high standard games.
In Division 1, Easts narrowly defeated minor premiers Norths. Easts took a comfortable 7 runs to 0 lead late in the game, but Norths hit back.
Lucas Myers hit a towering home run to narrow the lead to 7 -6 but they came up short to grab the win.
In Division 2 minor premiers Easts took the game 14 runs to 1 against Norths. Norths had some early opportunities to score but some poor base running decisions had them twice cut down at home plate failing to score. Easts bunched their hits and together with some Norths fielding errors grabbed the premiership.
In Division 3 Easts completely outclass minor premieres Ballina 22 runs to 2. Ballina was beaten only once this season in the minor rounds but Easts flexed their muscle to pour on runs throughout the game. Good pitching from Lachlan Allan and some tight defence for Easts saw them grab their first major premiership in a number of years.
In Under 20s minor premiers Brothers grab the double with a solid 7 runs to 0 win against Easts. FNC Rookie of The year, Andrew Muscat, took the mound for Brothers to throw a complete game shutout and he was backed up by great defence by his teammates.
Brothers grabbed another premiership in Under 16s. Damien Santin, pitching for Brothers, did a superb job on the mound striking out 8 batters and catcher Kodey Wilford twice threw Workers runners out trying to steal to cut their running game down.
Workers Royals took the under 14s major premiership out against Brothers 13 runs to 3. Seth McClelland137 took the mound for Workers and did a superb job in controlling Brothers batters. He was backed up by Jack Cooper who hit a line dive home run over the centre field fence.
Qld State Titles
THIS weekend its the start of the FNC Junior teams competing in the Queensland State Titles. The Under 14 team travels to Ipswich to compete against teams from North Queensland, Gold Coast and four teams from Brisbane from tomorrow to Monday. They have been training under the watchful eye of David Parsons, Aaron Olley and Scott McClelland.
The 2014 Under 14 State Titles will not only identify the State Champion Region for the Under 14 age group but it will also bestow the top three teams with an invitation to play in the first Dingo World Series.
The Dingo World Series will host 20 teams from Australia and abroad (including six international teams) from January 2-9.
The FNC Under 14 team is Alex Bilski, Sean Boulton, Jack Cooper, Luke Dransfield, Tom Gooley, Reece Gregor, Josh Healy, Kyle Hughes, Riley Hunter, Seth McClelland, Cooper Marsh, Sam Parsosn, Jordan Penfold, Jacob Ponton, Xavier Thacker.