Far North Coast baseballers selected for the Australian junior championships next month are, from left, Dean Gillespie, Lachlan Allen, Will Riley, Jake Youngberry and Tom Youngberry. Absent: Nathan Cunningham and Michael Gahan.
Far North Coast baseballers selected for the Australian junior championships next month are, from left, Dean Gillespie, Lachlan Allen, Will Riley, Jake Youngberry and Tom Youngberry. Absent: Nathan Cunningham and Michael Gahan.

Exposure for baseball's best

SEVEN of the Far North Coast's best young baseballers have been selected in Queensland squads for the 2012 National Youth Championships.

Far North CoastUnder-16s coach Dave Youngberry said he was pleased with the players' preparation.

"The Under-18s have training sessions on Monday and Wednesday nights in Brisbane, so that's pretty full-on," he said.

"The 14s and 16s have weekend sessions in Brisbane as well as Tuesday afternoons here."

Lachlan Allen and Will Riley are infielder/pitchers for Redbirds Under-14s; Nathan Cunningham is an outfield-er/pitcher and Jake Youngberry an infielder/catcher for Brothers 16s; Dean Gillespie is an infielder/pitcher for Norths 16s and Robina Braves; Tom Youngberry is an outfielder and Michael Gahan an infielder/pitcher for Brothers 18s.

"To save these players going to Brisbane for a mid-week practice session, I look after them here," Youngberry said this week.

"We do the best preparation that we can and then show up and play.

"The Queensland Under-16s won the 2011 nationals and there are seven of those players still in that team, so they will have a strong side.

"The Under-18s should also be strong because players who were part of the Under-16s earlier this year will have moved into Under-18s."

Geelong will host the Under-16 and Under-18 championships, while the Under-14s will travel to Perth.

The Under-16s will play locally every day from December 16 to 22 against a touring junior team from the United States as part of their preparation before flying out on January 5.

From the championships, players will have the opportunity for selection in the Major League Baseball Australian Academy and the Australian Under-18 team to play at the world championships.



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