FNC teams win the lot
By GEOFF HALLMANN
REX Airlines Far North Coast Major League clubs dominated the second round of interleague baseball, sweeping their Gold Coast opposition in all three games.
Workers and Mudgeeraba battled on Baxter Field, Lismore, in a bid to retain their undefeated status.
Mudgeeraba started well, scoring the first runs, and led 7-6 until the bottom of the eighth innings.
While adept with bat and ball, the Redsox failed to account for the sheer brilliance and power of Josh Daley.
On the mound Daley struck out nine and shut down the Mudgeeraba batting in the sixth.
With the bat, he pounded in seven runs, including a grand slam homer in the third and a two-run bomb over left field in the seventh, helping Workers to a 9-6 win.
For Workers, Dallas Knapp had three hits, and Martin Tucker, Troy Pruess and Nathan Olley one each.
For Mudgeeraba, Mark Rigby picked up three hits and Matt Studeman two.
On Thew Field, Redbirds accounted for a fired-up Robina Braves 4-1.
The individual brilliance of young pitcher Nick Shailes shut down the Braves' batting, striking out 11 and conceding only five walks.
The game was never short of tension. An error in the seventh from Redbirds allowed Robina to break their drought and also signalled a bench clearing from the Braves as tempers flared at first base.
Umpires Julian Sexton and Paul Latta quickly restored order.
For Redbirds, the return of Reece Smith and Mick Munro to the top grade yielded immediate results, with Smith picking up two hits, while Munro performed well in the field.
Matt Davis and Nick Shailes each picked up a single hit, while youngsters Nathaniel Steele and Josh Claydon showed their worth in the top grade.
In the other game, Marist Brothers travelled to the Gold Coast and defeated Runaway Bay 12-10.
The Brethren were stung by the Dolphins in the first, but a six-run blast in the second set them up.
The Dolphins fought hard, out-hitting Brothers and conceding fewer errors, but they were unable to score the runners when required.
For Brothers, veteran Dave Youngberry plucked four hits for the afternoon, while Lucas Myers nabbed three.
Steve Egan and Mark Newstead kept it going with two hits apiece.
For the Dolphins, Chris Lange nailed six for the afternoon in a brilliant individual performance, including a home run.