Baseball: Defending premiers take up where they left off
EASTS and Norths were the victors in the opening games of Far North Coast Major League baseball on Saturday.
Easts continued where they left off last season with a 10-5 win over Workers on Baxter Field at Albert Park, Lismore.
The defending premiers flexed their muscles early, going to a six-run lead after four innings.
Workers' first scoring opportunity came in the fifth innings when hits by Oakley McMahon and Jason Caught allowed them to grab two runs.
Each team notched one run in the sixth before Easts extended their lead in the seventh through some timely hitting by Dylan Olive, Michael Munro and Reece Smith, scoring three more runs to make the score 10-3.
Workers tried to make a late comeback in the ninth innings with four consecutive hits pushing two more runs cross the plate.
Munro, pitching for Easts, then closed Workers down, striking out the next three batters to seal the win.
Will Riley, pitching in his first game for Easts in the Major League, did a great job, giving up five scattered hits while allowing only two runs in six innings.
Best with the bat for Workers was Trent Clark, grabbing three hits, while for Easts, Riley and Munro also had three hits each.
Norths overcome Brothers 12-6.
The game was tight for the first four innings and the score was locked at 5-all before Norths broke the game open with seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
All came from Brothers errors.
James Baxter, Mark Robb and Dean Gillespie shared the pitching for Norths, striking out 10 and giving up nine hits.
For Brothers, Taliesin O'Meara, Brody Seignior and McKenzie Pearson struck out seven Norths batters while conceding 10 hits.
Norths' standout with the bat was Danny O'Sullivan with three hits while for Brothers, Pat Doyle and Jake Bailey each had two hits.