The Timberjacks little league team and support staff.
The Timberjacks little league team and support staff. The Northern Star

Timberjacks in big league

THE Far North Coast Baseball Associtaion's littlest players demonstrated the kind of character that all coaches cherish at the recent Queensland District Little League Championship titles at Redlands on the Gold Coast.

The junior Timberjacks took to the new format with fervour and, despite being unable to prepare for the titles, qualified to play at the first ever Australian National Little League Championships which will be held over the June long weekend.

The side featured 14 of the region's best under 13 baseballers at the inaugural little league titles, which featured eight teams from throughout Queensland and the NSW Far North Coast.

The Timberjacks, coached by Trent Clarke and Paul Clifford, started off with a 12-10 win over North Queensland but then came up against the strong Brisbane Metro side and lost 28-3.

The youngsters bounced back to take the fourth and fifth games comprehensively - defeating Sunshine Coast 13-3 and Brisbane West 10-6.

But big losses followed at the hands of Brisbane South and the Gold Coast - 31-2 and and 13-3 respectively.

The Timberjacks then won the Winter Final in a tight game - 6-3 - over North Queensland.

Jake Youngberry was the star of the FNC side, catching up a storm being the plate and consistently picking up hits throughout the tournament, including a game-winning home run in the final to ensure his side a berth in the June championship.

Far from a single handed effort, Jordan Gahan, Bee Bauyer, Andrew Muscat, Callum Riordan and Jake Lyon was stars on the mound, providing solid pitching for the entirety of the tournament.

Elijah Bate, Bryce Gibbs and Cory Button also chimed in with pitching when required, as well as providing solid catching when their team-mates needed a rest.

Rounding out the success of the weekend were Harrison Todd, Jackson Connor and Meryick Balzer, who all performed well with the bat, in the field and when called upon, provided fine pitching.


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