Baseball: Fracture will keep Kodey out of nationals
THE dreams of Queensland Under-18 state pitcher Kodey Wilford have been shattered after he fractured his hand, effectively ruling him out of the 2016 National Baseball Tournament in Sydney next month.
Kodey plays summer baseball for Surfers Paradise and in a game against Redlands last weekend he attempted to steal second base, colliding with the opposition second baseman's foot, fracturing his hand.
This has not distracted him from baseball as he continues to train, going to the gym and running, in a limited capacity, to keep up his fitness for his return in six weeks.
Kodey, along with Lismore team-mate Taliesin O'Meara, were selected as pitchers from the Far North Coast team after the State tournament in September.
They are both versatile players capable of playing in a number of different positions on the field and are solid with the bat.
As FNC play winter baseball and a requirement for the pair is to play in summer competition in Brisbane to keep their baseball skills sharp.
Though Kodey's injury has destroyed his dream this year, his willpower and enthusiasm for the game will see him come back even more determined to gain selection in the state team next year.