Timberjacks totake on the nation
Despite severely hampered preparations, Far North Coasts Under 13 baseballers qualified for the Australian Championships, after winning the winter final in the inaugural Queensland District Little League in Brisbane last weekend.
The eight teams from Queensland and the north coast of NSW fought it out in the two divisions, summer and winter. Each team played in a division based on whether their association was involved in a summer or winter competition.
Bee Bauyer set the tone for the locals, belting a home run on the second pitch he faced. Sadly for Bauyer he twisted his ankle on the first pitch, which restricted his role throughout the tournament and cost him a position in the All Star side.
Bauyers courage proved infectious, with Andrew Muscat, Jake Lyon and Phil Redford all stepping up to join the home run club as the Timberjacks won their opener 12-10 over North Queensland. Pitchers Jordan Gahan and Andrew Muscat led the Timberjacks to victory when they were given the ball but the competition rules restricted the pitches they were allowed to throw. This uncovered a lack of depth in the pitching as the young guns lost four of their eight games. Despite losing to most of the summer competition teams, the locals made it through to the winter final where they knocked off North Queensland 6-3.
Jake Youngberry starred for the Timberjacks, consistently picking up hits including a game-winning home run in the final to ensure his side a berth in the Australian Championships in Brisbane in June.
Trent Clark, one of the teams many coaches, earned a position as a coach of the All Star side, which will play in the Autumn Classic this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Brisbane. Gahan and Youngberry also picked up spots in the All Star side, which will play New Zealand, NSW and the winner of the Queensland summer title, Brisbane Metro, in the carnival.