Norths chasing hat-trick
REX Airlines Far North Coast Major League Baseball will begin its grand final weekend in style tonight when East Redbirds and Norths hit Baxter Field at 6:30pm.
And defending premiers Norths will be out to secure their third straight title.
However, they will need to be well and truly on their game to contain the rampaging Redbirds’ batting line-up.
Redbirds were red-hot last weekend against Workers and have been in sensational form across the past month.
Norths however had had their own purple patch and can be forgiven for being a little cocky after leap-frogging their opponents in the final weekend of regular season baseball to secure the minor title.
Norths have some of the strongest pitching available locally and this will serve them well across a three-game series.
Game one is the game that both sides will be throwing everything at.
This is the 20th year of the three-game finals format.
More importantly the winner of game one has always gone on to take the Major title.
What might be a little different this year is the depth of pitching between both sides.
Redbirds failed to forced Norths to a third game in their encounter last year, so neither side was able to demonstrate just how much depth they have.
Both teams have a similar depth but its Norths that have greater firepower and variety.
Redbirds, however, have more experience in the finals and wiser heads that come with years at the top of their game. Last year it was youth and power that won the day.
This year the competition was far closer and the Redbirds appear to have a hunger they haven’t demonstrated since their 2005 premiership win.