Cairns Baseballer Stars in Isolation
He can bat, he can pitch and he can do it all while training 2000km away from the rest of his team.
Luke Turner’s representative baseball career is gaining momentum despite the fact he isn’t based in Brisbane, like every other member of his Queensland Little League team.
Of the 16 players who made the squad after the state titles last month, Luke is the only one not from the capital city.
But such was his form, selectors could not ignore the Reds’ all-rounder when it came time to pick the squad to tour China later this year.
"Originally he wasn’t up for selection, just because the cost of travelling down for training, coupled with the trip, would just be too much," father and NQ coach Daryl Turner said.
"The selectors came to us and said, what do we have to do to make him available?."
The 12-year-old can pitch at more than 100km/h and was in devastating form with the bat during the state titles to help rid North Queensland of their easy-beat tag.
The family is looking for sponsorship to help afford the August trip.