Although the Brisbane teams dominated this years Queensland State Under 16 Baseball Championships at Lismores Albert Park over the weekend, the Far North Coast contingent finished a creditable fourth against some very strong opposition.
The Timberjacks bowed out of the final series after losing to eventual tournament winners South Brisbane. They also lost their match against Brisbane North, where Australian representative Mitchell Nilsson closed down the locals batting to post a 16-1 win.
Baseball Queensland commissioner Neville Brockie praised the tournament organisers for the professional running of the event and paid tribute to the standard of baseball that was played over the weekend.
Local players Brendan Gillespie and Daniel Muggleton celebrated their performances in the local side with selection in the AA Queensland State Squad. Gillespie made it a double for the weekend, also being chosen for the All Star side that was selected from the tournament.
Both players have enjoyed solid years in the local competition and have already got a taste for the national titles with call-ups to the A teams in 2004 and 2005 respectively. Jeremy Sexton, Travis Lees, Jack Jeffery and Sam Stead also performed exceptionally throughout the tournament.
Apart from Gillespie and Muggleton, the Timberjacks have four other state selections in the the two other age groups. Jake Turcato and James Linger have once again earned selection in the AAA Under 18 Queensland squad and Mitchell Watt and Norton Bolt are part of the Under 14 Queensland squad.
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