Under 25 National Championship 2015
10 September 2015
The Under 25 National Championship wrapped up in Cairns today with two thrilling games to decide final placings.
The morning game - between New South Wales and Victoria - remained deadlocked into the eighth, when the Vics skipped away with a two-run break. Not to be outdone, New South Wales hit back with three in the bottom of the frame to secure a 5-4 win and a berth in the Gold Medal game against Queensland. The result earned Victoria the bronze medal ahead of fourth-placed South Australia, who missed out only marginally of a medals playoff.
More than living up to expectations, the afternoon game went scoreless through three before New South Wales plated two in the fourth, enough to spark the Queenslanders, who replied in kind and put up a four-spot in the next for a clear break. Not about the lie down, New South Wales chipped away with singles in the sixth, seventh and eighth to come up just short, delivering Queensland a 6-5 win and tournament honours.
Congratulations to Queensland. Well done to all four states on a tightly contested and high-quality tournament!
Managed by some of the most respected names in Australian baseball, squads include former professionals, established Australian Baseball League players and emerging baseballers aspiring to put themselves out there for higher honours.
The Under 25 National Championships will be played at Trinity Beach under the auspices of the Cairns Baseball League.
New South Wales will be shooting for its third successive title at this level after the earlier successes of South Australia (2011) and Queensland (2012).
While Australian Baseball Alumni will seek to provide updates, we expect that full coverage - including Play by Play - will be provided by Baseball Australia, Cairns Baseball League and associated social media outlets.
Best wishes to all for an enjoyable and rewarding series.