Locals earmarked as super stars
Local baseballers James Linger (pictured) and Norton Bolt look set to earn millions in Americas national sport after wowing USA major league scouts at the Australian National Baseball Championships recently.
Linger, who is still only 16, can count himself unlucky to have only ended up with a silver medal in the AAA Under 19 championship after hitting safely each of his five times at bat in the final against Victoria. In the end the Victorians managed a one run victory over Queensland 8-7.
Apart from being the star of the finals, Linger also statistically outclassed his compatriots and opponents in virtually every department during the championships. With a throwing speed of 90mph, a clear lead in the national batting averages and an error free effort in the field, Linger has already been offered $400,000 to go and play college baseball in the USA.
Scouts indicated that Linger has all the attributes of a first round draft pick, which would put him in line for a placement with a major league baseball club. Major league players sign for a minimum of $10 million.
Meanwhile, 13-year-old Norton Bolt was instrumental in helping Queensland to a third place finish in the Australian Under 14 Nationals in Sydney. Norton also led the Queensland team in various statistical areas; topping the Australian batting averages for hits, runs batted in, extra base hits and fielding (where he made only one error). Norton was also clocked at 72mph, which is exceptional and rare for a child of his age. The scouts have made it clear that they will be following his progress with interest.