Lismore hosts Australian Championship
Lismores reputation as a sporting capital received another boast on Monday, May 5, when the city welcomed teams from every state to the 20th Annual (School Sports Australia) Australian Baseball Championships at Albert Park.
This tournament is very prestigious. Its not just Combined High Schools or Catholic schools, its the lot state, Catholic and independent schools, tournament spokesperson Bill OSullivan said. We have scouts here from 13 of the 30 US major league teams. They are very interested in the players we have here.
At the moment the offense of the territory teams is the surprise of the carnival. Theyre 2-0 so far and theyve just finished giving South Australia a bit of a shellacking.
The games run until this Saturday, May 10, with Thursday off so the players can take part in an excursion to Byron Bay. The finals are on Saturday morning.
Workers continue undefeated
Catcher Dallas Knapp ensured Workers undefeated run for the season continued, picking up five hits from five visits to the plate as the tri-colours scraped home 6-5 over Norths As in the Far North Coast Major League on Saturday.
Norths pitcher Gus Daly performed superbly, keeping Workers at bay for the first four innings before allowing two runs in the fifth. Dalys counterpart, Troy Pruess, kept his side in the game with an excellent effort with the ball, supported by an agile Workers infield. Workers Micka McClelland finished off the match from the mound despite allowing Ahren Baxter and Steve Ross to score in the last innings as the match went down to the wire.
In the other match, Easts Redbirds descended on the young Marist Brothers team to pick the carcass clean 25-3.
Redbirds pitcher Nathaniel Steele struck out four and allowed just two hits and three earned runs in his four innings. Meanwhile, the Redbirds offense had a field day, knocking up 15 hits. Robbie Pruess, Reece Smith and Michael Munro were best for the Birds.