Baseball: Easts win in extra innings

EASTS remain unbeaten in Far North Coast Major League baseball after a hard-fought 5-4 win over Workers, but it took two extra innings to get the result.

In the other game on Saturday, Norths put in a great team effort to defeat Brothers 5-0.

Workers hit first against Easts, grabbing one run in the opening innings when Micka McClelland scored.

Easts hit back immediately with hits from Robbie Pruess and Dylan Olive scoring two.

They extended the lead to 3-1 in the fourth.

Dallas Knapp and Paul Clifford opened the seventh innings with hits for Workers, scoring McLennan and Dan Clark, tying the game at 3-all.

Pruess and Graham Snape each grabbed hits in the seventh and Easts went ahead 4-3 but Workers replied to level it up again.

It remained 4-all after the regulation nine innings.

Easts were kept in the game by some late innings heroics from Pruess. In three innings on the mound he faced 11 Workers batters and struck out seven of them.

Easts snatched victory in the 11th innings. Michael Munro doubled to centrefield and crossed the plate for the winning run after Snape singled.

Snape and Nick Johnson were Easts' best with the bat, notching three hits each, while for Workers McClelland and Knapp had two each.

Seth McClelland, 15, made his Major League debut in style, hitting safely to left field in his first at bat and looking comfortable in the field in the top grade. He joined his father Scott and uncle Micka on the field for the first time.

In the other game, Mark Robb put in one his best performances in a number of seasons for Norths, pitching a complete game shut-out.

He gave up only four scattered hits, striking out four Brothers batters and not conceding a walk.

In the batter's box Norths came up with nine hits, the standouts being James Clark, Caleb Albrecht and Jason Brommel with two each.

Pointscore: Easts 12, Norths 10, Brothers 6, Workers 4.



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