Norths go to top after hitting Workers out of the ball park
NORTHS have taken the lead in Far North Coast Major League baseball after a convincing 16-6 win over Workers on Saturday.
There was nothing in the game through to the sixth innings when Norths led 6-5.
But they opened the game up in the seventh.
After Steve Ross and Ben Daly singled, Workers replaced Troy Pruess on the mound with Mick McClelland.
He was greeted by Matt Hill who, on the third pitch, belted a three-run home run over the left- field fence.
Norths grabbed another six runs in the last two innings thanks to some solid batting by Ross, Daly, Paul Simes, Danny O'Sullivan and Jason Britt.
All players contributed to Norths' 22 hits with the standouts being Ross and Daly, both newly promoted from Division 1.
They each had four hits while James Linger had three.
Workers' best with the bat was Jason Caught with two hits.
Jason Britt, pitching for Norths, put in a great performance.
In eight innings he conceded eight scattered hits, struck out four and gave up three walks.
He was well supported by the Norths field, which committed only two errors.
In a tight game, Brothers defeated Easts Redbirds 3-2.
Brothers scored all three runs in the fourth innings when Pat Doyle led off with a stand-up double followed by hits from Jake Muscat, Matt Gahan and Corey Wilford.
Easts hit back immediately with Jake Turcato and Brodie Groth getting on base. Turcato scored after a Brothers infield error.
Robbie Pruess, pitching for Easts, did not allow another Brothers run in giving up only three hits for the rest of the game.
Easts pegged back another run in the fifth innings after Lincoln Crooks and Peter Best hit but it was not enough.
Brothers pitchers Matt Wyatt and Jake Muscat combined over nine innings to give up nine hits and strike out six.
Pruess pitched the complete game for 10 hits while striking out five.