Mun­dub­bera man pitches to vic­tory

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL SPORT -

ADRIAN Tay­lor re­turned home this week af­ter play­ing in the win­ning Queens­land un­der-19 soft­ball team.

The Mun­dub­bera man went with the team as de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, and emerged once again as cham­pi­ons of the Nox Bai­ley Shield in­Western Aus­tralia.

Queens­land and New South Wales es­tab­lished them­selves as the top two teams through­out the week and they faced each other in the fi­nal at the week­end.

While men­tion must be made of the strong per­for­mances of the Aus­tralian Cap­i­tal Ter­rir­tory, who fin­ished third, it was Queens­land and NSW who set the stan­dard.

In their progress to the fi­nal, Queens­land only lost one game and in the fi­nal de­feated NSW2–0.

Tay­lor, 17, pitched in four of the games this year.

Next year he will take the place of num­ber one pitcher in the team as Mar­shall Kronk moves up a di­vi­sion.

Tay­lor will con­tinue to train while start­ing his first year at Grif­fith Univer­sity where he will study phys­io­ther­apy.

“I don’t really get a break from train­ing,” he said.

“The first half of the year we train for the Aussie squad and in the sec­ond half train­ing is for the na­tion­als.

“I’ve checked my timetable and I have free time af­ter 6pm ev­ery day so I’m hop­ing to get some part-time work as well as train­ing.”

Tay­lor said he was look­ing for­ward to the next phase of his life, which would be a healthy mix of study, sport, work and fun.

Photo: Contributed

VIC­TORY TO QUEENS­LAND: Mun­dub­bera’s Adrian Tay­lor (left) and his Queens­land U19 men’s soft­ball team are na­tional cham­pi­ons for the sec­ond year in a row. Tay­lor is pic­tured with Bund­aberg’s Colton Wayne Brock­hurst, Tyrell Priestly and Sam Field.

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