Youth Sport Australia

NSW proves biggest hit at school baseball titles

New South Wales has claimed the 2011 School Sport Australia Baseball Championships, held in Cairns, Queensland from May 22-28.

After losing its opening clash against Victoria 4-5, New South Wales hit back to defeat West Australia 7-6, the Australian Capital Territory 10-0, Queensland 12-3, South Australia 6-2, West Australia 7-1 and Queensland 4-1 before comprehensively defeating West Australia in the final 11-0.

Queensland won the battle for third place with an easy 16-0 victory over the ACT, while Victoria finished fifth with a 7-1 playoff win over South Australia.

Despite finishing sixth, SA star Nathan van der Linden was named the tournament MVP and was also awarded the Golden Glove. New South Wales’ Corey Barnes won the batting award and Queensland’s Josh Spence the Golden Arm.

van der Linden was named in the short stop position in the All Star team, with Spence the pitcher, Rob Perkins (ACT) the catcher, Rick Schwarz (WA), Alex Stuart (WA), Ryan Ihle (Qld) on first, second and third base respectively, Corey Barnes (NSW), Todd McDonald (Qld), Jarryd Klemm (SA) in the outfield, Dan McGrath (Victoria) the designated hitter and Aaron Sloan (ACT) and Josh Guyer (NSW) the utilities.

Source: School Sport Australia



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