Locals dominate Interleague

Surfer Paradises Kale Bainbridge puts in down the first base line as he tries to beat out the throw from Norths Paul Simes at Baxter Field on Saturday.

Youre out! Norths Ian Hooper sends up a big cloud of dust as he slides into home, but it wasnt enough to hide from the catchers tag, coming up just short.

Far North Coast dominated the first round of the Interleague this weekend with a clean sweep in the three matches played. Norths batting fired as they dispatched last years Brisbane B grade champions Surfers Paradise 10-3 in Lismore. Workers found form, knocking of last years Interleague premiers the Mudgee Redsox 12-4, and Easts rolled Robina 8-6 in a fiery affair.

Surfers Paradise went into their match against Norths in Lismore high on confidence despite only bringing a very youthful development squad to the match. The Brisbane B grade champions side was rich with State Under 18 players and even possessed an Australian Under 18 player, Michael Brown, but it wasnt long before they felt the might of baseball on the Far North Coast as the grey machine slugged the youngsters from pillar to post. Interestingly it was Norths young guns who did the damage, particularly Paul Kenyon, who clobbered in three runs single handedly while Norths catcher Shane Edwards accumulated four hits for the afternoon.

In the match against Mudgee Redsox, Workers waited till the eighth innings to string together a six run rally to humble last years premiers. Workers Troy Pruess pitched with great control to restrict the powerful Redsox offense, while Wayne Wayno Devlin banged two bombs over the fence to leave the premiers shell shocked.

In the Robina game, Easts Redbirds managed to hold onto an early six run lead to win 8-6 over the home team. The return of Nick Shailes, who has been on tour with the Australian softball side, lifted the Lismore sides spirits as they flew out of the blocks. Shailes struck out 13 and conceded just five hits. Sadly for the Redbirds, he will be flying off to the US to play professionally in the near future.

For more information on baseball and the tournament, visit www.fnc.baseball.com.au.


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