Locals dominate Interleague
It is common knowledge that the baseballing fraternity on the Far North Coast has a long tradition of producing talent as good as any other region in country. The baseballing excellence of local players was recently proven in the Interleague regional competition where they once again pulled off a clean sweep over their Gold Coast rivals.
In Benowa, the mighty batting of Marist Brothers, led by their baseballing Olympian Matt Buckley, saw the team surge home in the penultimate innings to swamp the Brisbane B grade champions Surfers Paradise 8-2. Apart from Buckley, pitcher Luke Sharpe had an excellent day with both bat and ball, while Jeff Mackney produced three safe hits.
In Lismore, Robina glimpsed some of the slugging strength of last years local minor premiers, Workers, as the Gold Coast team went down 6-2 in a tight duel. Although Josh Daleys pitching was up and down, the defensive work of the tri-colours infield was its usual sparkling self. Dallas Knapp and Michael McClelland put on two hits apiece to ensure the win.
Meanwhile, in the upset of the round, local premiers Easts Redbirds hammered in 10 runs to get the better of last years Interleague champions, the Mudgee Redsox, 10-5. Luke Davis, who is fast becoming a pitcher to be reckoned with, out witted and out gunned the powerful Redsox offense across the entire nine innings. Coach Peter Best also led from the front with three hits, whilst Rhys Smith and Stephen Best picked up two.
This Friday and Saturday the local sides play a double header against each other, which will severely test their pitching depth and could cause some upheaval on the local ladder. On Friday at 6.30pm Workers take on Redbirds in a grand final replay and Norths play Brothers in a top-of-the-table clash. On Saturday at 2.45pm the teams go head to head again.