Easts make easy work of rivals as Norths notch up big win
WET weather reduced planned double-headers to single-game affairs but Easts and Norths refused to be distracted, racking up wins in the Far North Coast major league baseball at the weekend.
Easts edged out Workers 8-7 while Norths made easy work of Brothers to win 11-1.
Easts opened the scoring in their clash, producing five runs in the third innings courtesy of some aggressive batting from Graham Snape, Will Riley and Robbie Pruess.
They all notched single hits while Reece Smith produced a stand-up double.
Workers clawed one run back in the next inning but Smith and Pruess again delivered to set, handing Easts a comfortable 8-1 lead at the bottom of the seventh.
Workers threatened a comeback in the eight, racking up six runs to narrow the margin before time ran out.
The best with the bat was Smith who tallied four hits while Pruess produced two.
Michael Munro did a great job on the mound for Easts, giving up just one hit in eight innings.
Easts fielder Luke Davis produced the highlight of the game, pulling off a great catch after Workers batter Aaaron Olley drove a pitch to deep left field.
In the other game, Norths dominated their clash against Brothers.
Norths wasted no time in getting on the board, scoring six runs in the first four innings to open up a 6-1 lead.
They continued to extend their lead with five more runs to complete a comfortable victory.
Brothers used three different pitchers but could not tame Norths' hitters.
Norths produced 13 hits with the standout being Mark Robb and Lucas Myers with three each.
They were well supported by Danny O'Suillivan, Paul Simes and Tim Star who produced two hits each.
Norths pitcher Dean Gillespie delivered five solid innings, giving up only two hits while striking out six batters.
Corey Wilford was the best with the bat for Brothers, grabbing two hits.
LADDER - FNC Baseball
Easts - 19
Workers - 15
Brothers - 15
Norths - 15