Norths close the gap at top of ladder
NORTHS are now only one point behind competition leaders Workers after the weekend round of Far North Coast Major League baseball.
Norths won both games of a double-header against Easts at Albert Park in Lismore.
They took out the first game 7-1 and the second game 4-1.
Dean Gillespie put in a controlled performance on the mound for Norths in the first game.
In seven innings Gillespie gave up two hits - both to Brodie Groth. He struck out four and allowed no walks.
Norths' seven runs came from nine hits with Clint McCarthy, Ben Daly and Ahren Baxter each collecting two hits.
James Linger continued his solid batting form with a home run over the left field fence.
Easts' only run came from a combination of an error by the Norths infield and a triple from Groth.
The second game was also dominated by a Norths pitcher, this time Jason Britt.
In seven innings struck out six, gave up eight hits and did not allow a walk.
Norths recorded seven hits, with Matt Hill the best with three.
Graham Snape and Robbie Pruess each came up with two hits for Easts.
Workers defeated Brothers 10-5.
Brothers led 5-3 until the seventh innings when Workers bunched four hits for four runs and a 7-5 lead.
Another three runs in the eighth innings from two hits and three Brothers errors secured the win.
The game was called off early due to failing light.
Workers' best batters were Dallas Knapp and Mick McClelland with three hits each while Brothers' standouts were Matt Gahan with three hits and Matt Wyatt with two.