Hapless Redbirds finally win one
By GEOFF HALLMANN
REX Airlines Far North Coast Major League baseball was a scene of heartache for Brothers and Norths on Saturday ? a day of sensational results.
Across the past 40 competition rounds, Redbirds have failed to produce a win, their most recent coming back in 2003 at the expense of Brothers.
This time the young Redbirds side showed their mettle, rocking Brothers with a sensational 9-7 win across 11 innings.
Redbirds coach Nick Shailes stepped to the fore for his team, throwing an astounding 237 pitches including 18 strike-outs from 53 batters.
The game looked to be Brothers' in the third when a five-run innings shot them to a 5-3 lead, an advantage the Brethren held until the top of the seventh when Redbirds stole two more runs.
With scores level the pressure mounted in extra innings ? and Brothers faltered first.
With runners aboard and a force play at third, Redbirds ground to third base in what should have been an easy out.
But Brothers threw wide to first base in a critical error.
Easts capitalised with three runs for the innings, taking the game 9-7 with Brothers' innings yielding just a single run.
For Redbirds, Shailes picked up three hits for the game, including a home run.
Jason Caught had three hits and youngster Nathaniel Steele celebrated his second game at the top level with two hits.
Luke Davis put the icing on the cake for his team, picking up a home run.
In the other game, the Workers juggernaut rolled over Norths in an 11-1 demolition.
Norths struggled to piece together their batting, with only Steve Ross recording a hit for the As.
Workers shared the hits, with Wayne Devlin and Dallas Knapp each picking up three.