Michael in strike zone
WHEN 18 year old baseballer Michael Brown spoke to the Coffs Coast Advocate in April he had just been included in the Australian squad and was con- sidering his future options. "My goal is still a contract in the United States but so many other opportunities are opening up," Brown said when we check- ed back with him this week. Brown's inclusion in the nation- al team meant a gruelling eight hours a day, six days a week training regime that lasted six
weeks. Then, a tour of Taiwan with the Australian Under 19's saw him participate in international competition for the first time. "It was great experience," he said. "All the top nations participated including the USA and Japan." Brown's next move is to the Gold Coast where he'll play for Surfer's Paradise in the domestic league. "Don't have the full details yet," he admitted, "as to what
the club is called and that sort of thing. "But I do know it's the next step up the ladder." A higher profile for Brown means the overseas nibbles are starting to arrive. "A few of the college sides have been in contact," he said. "There's a great deal of secre- cy about it now a lot of talented players are being sourced from Australia. "They don't like giving each other an advantage."