Norths defy their ladder position

By GEOFF HALLMANN

FAR from out of the Rex Airlines-Far North Coast Baseball Premiership race, last-placed Norths rattled their more fancied rivals Workers in going down 6-3 in a much improved game on Baxter Field at the weekend.

With the opportunity for a finals berth at the forefront of their minds, the As were desperate to create the upset of the season in order to stay in touch with Brothers and Redbirds.

Pitcher Paul Simes put in one of his best performances so far this year.

Simes went eight innings, striking out 12 batters and conceding just two walks.

Whilst normally a game winning effort, Simes' counterpart Josh Daley took the lustre off the achievement, matching his opponent's efforts with 12 victims of his own.

Norths gave themselves every opportunity to take the win, scoring two runs in the top of the first and keeping their opponents within reach throughout.

For Norths, Steve Ross and youngster Matt Linger led the way with two hits, while Workers' Mick McClelland, Wayne Devlin, Dallas Knapp, Scott McClelland and Aaron Olley each picked up two.

In the second game of the afternoon, Brothers and Redbirds clashed in a battle for the security of second position on the ladder, with Redbirds finishing the winners 11-7 after the lead had see-sawed during the first three innings.

Redbirds pitcher/coach, Nick Shailes, dominated the Brothers batting for the nine innings.

Easts dominated the hits with four to Grant McPherson and Stephen Best and three each to Matt Davis and veteran Graham Snape, and two each to Shane Davis Nick Shailes and Jason Rose.

For Brothers, youngster Chris Coleman picked up two hits as did Luke Sharpe (home run).

n This weekend, play will be suspended due to the Timberbacks Friendship Series and players will travel to Mudgeeraba for the East Coast Challenge Series again Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

For more information on baseball, visit Far North Coast Baseball on line at www.fnc.baseball.com.au or contact Geoff Hallmann on 0414 014 365.



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