Clunes' baseballer named Australia's pitcher of the year
WHEN it comes to baseball, Jake Muscat has the golden touch - literally.
The 20-year-old received the best pitcher of the year award at the recent Australian Baseball Federation National Under-23 Championships.
Clunes-based Muscat's fine display against some of the best young players in the country was enough to earn him the Golden Arm award at the Adelaide tournament.
It was not a bad effort at all from the former St John's College Woodlawn student, who only took up the sport a few years ago to bolster his cricketing skills.
"I was pretty shocked (to win the award)," Muscat said.
"I wasn't really thinking that I was up against these the best guys in Australia. I just went out and did my job.
"It was great to be there and do so well."
Muscat earned his place at the event after impressing in the state titles earlier this year.
He was selected for Queensland as FNC is affiliated to the Sunshine State for geographical reasons.
Muscat's side went close to clinching the title, but eventually had to settle for the runners-up spot behind New South Wales.
His efforts at the national title saw him not only collect the top pitcher crown, but also earned him selection in an All Stars X1 from the event as well.
Two other FNC players, Jack Jeffery and Mat Wyatt, also represented Queensland at the event.
Muscat plays for Runcorn in the tough Brisbane baseball competition, regularly travelling north for matches.
He has bigger future aims, though.
"I would maybe like to play in the major leagues in America one day," he said.
"There are guys around here who have done it and it would be great to follow their footsteps.
"That would be living the dream.
Muscat, who also plays cricket with Lismore's Marist Brothers side, said he was enjoying the sport.
"I like the challenge of baseball," he said. "It's fun to play.
"You meet some interesting characters along the way as well.
"There's been good coaches around here who have really helped my game as well."