Redbirds on a Runaway

By GEOFF HALLMAN

EASTS Redbirds turned in a dominant performance at the weekend in Rex Airlines Far North Coast Major League baseball, handing out their first mercy rule win in many years by taking down Runaway Bay 11-1.

Redbirds scored three runs in the first innings and two in the second to set their opponents on the back-foot from the outset.

Runaway Bay made a concerted effort in the third, securing a single run after keeping Easts scoreless in the top of the innings.

But Easts pitcher Luke Shailes composed himself and asserted his authority in the remainder of the game, shutting out Runaway Bay and setting the Redbirds up for a six-run demolition in the fourth.

In contrast to the prospering Redbirds, Norths threw their season into doubt when Mudgeeraba squeezed the As out 8-4.

Norths found themselves on the receiving end early after Mudgeeraba received six walks and a hit to score three runs in the first innings.

Norths fought back with a single run in the second, but were unable to prevent the Redsox scoring two further runs in the second.

By the fourth, Mudgeeraba had recorded another two runs for a 7-1 lead going into the fifth.

For Norths, Leon Elliott enjoyed a solid day at the office with three hits for the afternoon.

For Mudgee, Matt Studeman and Mark Rigby hit two each.

Brothers took the win over Robina 11-6 in a come-from-behind victory.



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