Nothing lost, everything to Gahan
Far North Coast Baseballs pitching guru, Matt Gahan, was awarded pitcher of the 2006 Claxton Shield for his efforts for the Queensland Rams, who picked up the National Baseball Championships title at Blacktown Olympic Park last week.
Gahan capped off a sensational series on the mound with a historic 8-7 victory over the Victorian Aces on Saturday night, conceding only 0.6 earned runs on average, and taking out three wins from four appearances during the championship.
Queensland looked to have fallen at the last hurdle, with the Victorian Aces leading the final 7-2 by the end of the sixth innings. Then the Queenslanders rallied, smashing in five runs in the seventh to tie the match up, before a winning run in the eighth.
Gahan appeared on the mound for a single innings in the eighth with the score locked at 7 all. The local pitcher shut down the powerful Victorian batting line-up.
Gahans results will undoubtedly have Australian coach John Deeble thinking about giving him a position on the Australian side in the star-studded inaugural World Baseball Classic in March. With well over 100 American Major League players participating in the tournament, there is little doubt that selection in the Australian side would be the pinnacle of Gahans career so far.
Joining Gahan in the celebrations was his uncle and Queensland head coach, Peter Gahan. Peter was stunned by the performance of his side and their dramatic comeback.
I really couldnt believe it was going to happen until that last out was made, said Gahan. Everyone gave a great contribution. It was just a matter of us hitting the ball and scoring the runs. There was no great strategy involved.