Mariners head for the Hills in final day of baseball titles
THE Southern Mariners have booked their place in the inaugural Australian Senior League Championship final after taking care of the Adelaide Titans 17-12 at Albert Park, Lismore.
The Mariners got off to the best possible start scoring 13 runs in the first two innings thanks to some consistent and powerful hitting.
Leading off for the Mariners, Aiden Willis increased the lead in the second, after belting a line drive to right field to score another two runs.
After some early errors and inconsistencies on the mound, the Adelaide Titans' offence came alive in the middle innings, pulling back the deficit strongly.
Usually proving a headache for hitters, Jack O'Loughlin nailed a three-run home run with bat in hand for the Titans.
In the final inning, Josh Whelan put a charge in a ball that enabled three more runs to score and bring the margin back to five, but it was too little too late.
In the shock of the tournament so far, the eighth seeded Hills knocked off the undefeated Eastern Phantoms 5-3 in the second semi-final.
Hills will now meet the Southern Mariners in the championship game at 2.30pm today.
In a consolation game, Eastern Athletics claimed back-to-back victories with a 4-2 win over Central Coast.