Redbirds defy critics to take premiership
Easts Redbirds Matt Best pitched a shut-out to seal the Redbirds second successive premiership in the last game of the Far North Coast Baseball grand final series at Baxter Field on Saturday.
Bests three-quarter arm variations proved decisive in the final and determining game of the series as Workers big hitters failed to comprehend and adjust to his range. Throwing a mixture of high fast balls, fading sliders and a wicked curve ball, Best turned the series on its head after Workers humbled the Redbirds in the second match 14-1. Best began his heroic pitching in the first match of the series, which Redbirds also won 3-1 in a thriller.
Before the series even got underway the old heads of Lismore baseball had written off Easts, just as they did last year, and just like last year, the young guns rose to the challenge with an enthusiasm, cold determination and self-belief that Workers simply couldnt match.
The victory was the first time in the clubs 52-year history that theyve won back to back titles, as they have been the competitions easy beats for many years. Thats all changed now and the club has a new challenge to dominate with humility and prove themselves good winners. No easy task.
Workers, the minor premiers, although losing the final series once again, made up for it on presentation night with catcher Dallas Knapp picking up his fourth batting title in as many years, pitcher Troy Pruess taking out his second successive Huckleberry Medal for the Most Valuable Player in the competition and Micka McClelland winning the Most Consistent Player Award. Furthermore, Workers club stalwart Rod Green was awarded his second successive Commissioners Award for his dedication to the betterment of Far North Coast Baseball.