Sox tough ask for Redbirds
By GEOFF HALLMANN
LAST weekend spectators who surrounded Baxter Field saw the resurgence of the long-suffering Redbirds as they took out the Far North Coast Rex Airlines Major League baseball premiership.
This weekend Redbirds have the opportunity to become the inaugural Interleague champions when they take on the Mudgeeraba Redsox from the Gold Coast on Baxter Field from 1pm tomorrow.
The Sox have knocked over the 'Birds each time this year, including a 22-0 thrashing at Mudgeeraba following a large night of celebrations with three members of the gold medal-winning Australian Under-19 softball team.
But this time the Lismore club is expected to be more than a handful for Redsox.
Redbirds last week put on a fielding display that left their opponents in awe.
With the class of Matt and Luke Davis, and Stephen, Peter and Matthew Best, as well as the reliability of Graham Snape in the field, Redbirds have provided excellent support for their pitchers.
The past two weekends they have overcome a lopsided error count to prevail.
In part this has been due to the strength and guile of former Australian squad pitcher Nick Shailes.
Shailes will be fresh from his wins over Workers in the first and third games of the FNC grand final series and will look to repeat that dominance.
Redsox have a powerful middle order, boasting former Gold Coast Cougar Matt Studeman, big-hitting first baseman Shane Thompson, plus Lance White and Mark Rigby.
If Shailes can shut down this line-up, Redbirds will be well on the way to their second title in as many weeks.