Juniors pitch in for baseball grand finals
AFTER having to endure washouts for the last two weeks, Coffs Harbour Baseball was able to hold it's Grand Final Day on Sunday at Reg Ryan Oval.
Junior baseball has grown in Coffs yet again this year with an increased number of players signing up to play.
The competition was the closest it has been in a long time and those teams not making to the grand finals were unlucky.
In the T-ball grand final, Allstars and Dodgers Tigers faced each other after having finished the season in equal first position.
Both teams took to the game like true professionals.
Tigers began the first dig slowly with just two runners crossing the plate after Allstars brought off three solid outs at first.
Allstars then replied with five runs despite Tigers bringing off two great outs at first.
Tigers then staged a comeback over the next two digs with 11 runs being scored including a home run to Andrew Garner and a solid two-base hit to Nathan Cunningham.
Allstars matched the pace with successive home runs to Daniel Tempone, a three-base hit to Morgan Brooke and two-base hits to Shardean Fenner and Glen Ikin.
Tigers batting then began to let them down with only four runs being scored in the next two digs.
Allstars continued to display power hitting and great shot placement to score another fifteen runs including home runs to Matthew Beckett (2), Hayden Davis and Maddy Wilson, Allstars running out winners 34-17.
A great game with lots of smiles all round from a group of kids having fun.
In the play-off for third and fourth, Bluesox ran out winners over Mr Dodgers 22-12.
For Sox, Wyatt Anderson hit his second home run of the season and Demi Anderson played extremely well at pitcher bringing off a number of outs.
At bat, David Amos, Jake Vendermeel, Kye Goodman and Floyd Baskett were responsible for many runs.
For Dodgers, Sienna McDonald had a great three-base hit while Gemma Tidswell and Liam had solid two-base hits.
In the field, Abby Tidswell, Jade McDonald and Aiden Morris brought off a number of outs.
Under 12's saw a close game between Royals and Allstars with Royals sneaking home 4-2.
For Royals, Jayden Cooper, Cameron Barry, Nathan Scofield and Brandt Phillips scored the valuable runs.
Adrian Barry began the first dig with solid pitching which prevented Allstars scoring.
The pitching wasn't as solid in the second dig but Allstars threw away two runs by running themselves out.
Base running and some agile fielding kept Royals on top for the remainder of the game.
Allstars tried to rally in the third dig with Corey Travers and Mitchell Barr crossing the plate.
Under 16's was played out between Allstars and Dodgers with Dodgers running out convincing winners.
Dodgers were focussed on the day with Ben Brown at pitcher making life tough for the Allstars with some fast and furious pitches.
The catcher led by example and continually talked up the play to maintain the intensity. Allstars tried to lift but were below their best.
Sam Storer was their MVP with great pitching, hitting and a never-give-up attitude.
Congratulations to all the players and a huge thankyou to the coaches, managers, umpires and scorers.
With baseball on the up-and-up next year should be even bigger and better.
For all the Primary students, the Playball competition will start in mid February and details will be available in your schools at the start of next year.