Young guns on fire
Local pitcher Michael Gahan struck out eight batters in his 53 pitch effort in the final of the Under 12s against Coffs Harbour to give the Far North Coast its first taste of success in the two-week Timberjacks Friendship Series.
The junior Timberjacks were undefeated during the series, taking out Coffs Harbour in two convincing wins, 9-2 and 13-3, and Brisbane Metro 8-7 and 3-all in two very tight encounters. This put the local lads through to the final where they met Coffs Harbour and thrashed them 11-1.
FNCs Bee Bowyer, Lewis Johnson, Edward Kelly, Callum Riordan and Jordan Gahan were on fire with the bats in the final, knocking up nine hits between them.
FNC coaches Anthony Gahan and Nick Johnson praised their charges for their exceptional effort in taking the title and alluded to the quality future that the players represent for the local region.
In the Under 18s, the United States High Schools side made the tournament a one horse race, dominating FNC and Metro during the entire competition.
The US team amassed 108 runs in six games and conceded just 18 in the preliminary rounds, beating FNC and Brisbane Metro in well drilled performances. Metro battled hard in the semi final, knocking over the locals 5-1 to earn a berth in the final against the all conquering US side. Metro put in a valiant effort against the international visitors, losing 8-4.
The visiting US teams coach, Brad MacLaughlin, thanked the organisers for their hospitality and praised the facilities and the professionalism of the tournament.