Brothers hope to double up
IN May 2006, Marist Brothers captured a double-header against Norths as they battled their way through a tough season of Far North Coast Major League baseball that ended in their most recent finals appearance. The next week they made it three in a row.
Consecutive wins since then have abandoned the once dominant club, but that opportunity has now presented itself again.
Brothers will miss the finals this season but still have plenty to play for.
Last Saturday they came up with another fine win over a red-hot batting side from Redbirds, and with a double-header today against competition leaders Workers on Baxter Field in Lismore, there is the opportunity for two more wins.
The Brethren's old guard could hold the key.
Matt Buckley has been the sleeping giant in the line-up, with just a handful of hits this season.
A proud Brothers player with a career now approaching its fourth decade, his class and ability is exactly what the younger players need to spur them on.
Far from a one-man show, Buckley would be well supported by a Jeff Mackney or Mick Youngberry surge. Both are exemplary in the field, but need to fire in the batter's box.
Workers' rise to the top of the table has shown they present a genuine premiership threat.
They lost to Brothers in June, but that was a game limited in time and innings. Errors proved the difference.
A double-header with seven innings will test the pitching depth of both sides.
Bryce Martin and Troy Pruess have proven they can dominate a game.
Brothers will rely on Dave Parsons and Pat Doyle to do the same.
In the other game this afternoon, Norths will face Redbirds on Thew Field.
Workers have given both teams a double-header touch-up in recent weeks.
For Redbirds, the loss to Brothers last week just rubbed salt into the wound.
Norths need the win to stay in touch with Workers and even then can only tie for the lead if Brothers come up with an unlikely winning double.
Major League games start at 2.45pm.