Easts smash Workers in match

EASTS Redbirds sent a strong message that they are contenders in Rex Airlines Far North Coast Major League baseball this year, rolling Workers 16-9 with a powerful hitting display.

The ’Birds had a nervous start in the first innings, allowing three unearned runs, before pounding the Workers pitching in the second.

Workers failed to score in the second or third innings, but fought back with four runs in the fourth.

Redbirds responded with another four runs from three hits in the bottom of the innings.

An Aaron Olley bomb over the left field fence scored two runs for Workers.

Redbirds pitcher Robbie Pruess was replaced by Nick Shailes, who shut out Workers for the rest of the game.

Queensland Under-23 representative Jake Turcato led the charge for Redbirds, belting four hits and three runs batted in for the afternoon. Peter Best grabbed three hits along with Luke Davis, and Jack Jeffery’s two yielded four runs for his side. Scott McClelland and Trent Clark were the best for Workers with two hits each.

In the other game, Norths defeated Brothers 14-5.

Brothers made the most of their opportunities in between just two hits. Norths’ pitchers conceded 10 walks while cutting down batters through strike-outs – six from Jason Britt and five from Dan Muggleton.

The Brethren were embattled from the start with Norths scoring in all but three innings, but did come within four of the premiers when they scored three runs in the seventh to trail 9 -5.

Norths ran away with it in the top of ninth with an additional five runs, four from errors.

Jason Britt’s had four hits for Norths and veteran Paul Simes three. Matt Buckley’s double was the highlight for Brothers.

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