Four teams battling it out in baseball championship
FOUR teams remain in contention after the first day of finals at the Australian Senior League Baseball Championship at Albert Park, Lismore.
The competition has been running since Saturday with some of the best 17-year-old players from around Australia taking part.
In the first real pitchers duel of the tournament, Liam Holm led Hills to victory against a dogged Brisbane South side yesterday.
Holm struck out eight in one of the more impressive performances of the championship so far.
Brisbane South starter Duane Johannsen also threw impressively, striking out five in a complete game on the mound.
Hills' Lachlan McCarthy claimed a hit at each of his three at bats, and drove in a run in a strong offensive performance.
Hills will face the Eastern Phantoms in a semi-final today after the Phantoms took care of Central Coast 4-1 on the main diamond.
After a near perfect performance in pool play, short stop Jess Williams had two RBIs and showed plenty of speed around the base paths to claim two triples.
Proving his all-round ability on the mound, Williams also struck out five Central Coast hitters in the most complete performance of the tournament so far.
In the other qualifying finals, the undefeated Southern Mariners took care of Cronulla 9-1 courtesy of some consistent hitting and an impressive pitching effort.
Jayson Arthur was lights out in the starting pitching role, and backing him up well, the Mariners offence was rolling, with eight of the nine hitters in the starting lineup picking up a hit.
Batting in the nine hole, Rydge Hogan proved tough to handle, picking up two hits and three RBIs for the Mariners.
After their win over the Adelaide Armada, the Adelaide Titans will take on the Southern Mariners in the second semi final after a 3-1 victory.
Jack O'Loughlin threw six strong innings for the Titans, striking out nine and only conceding one earned run.
In another tough game for the hitters, only six total batters managed hits.
Adelaide Titans take on the Southern Mariners at 10am today in the first semi-final, while the Hills will play Eastern Phantoms in the second semi-final at 1pm. Spectators are welcome to attend the games with the final at 2.30pm tomorrow.