Quality pitching, comeback win highlight baseball
THE inaugural Australian Senior League Championship at Albert Park in Lismore has thrown up some high quality baseball.
After two days of action, the competition for 15- and 16-year- olds is evenly poised, with Victorian team the Southern Mariners setting the early pace with two wins.
The Mariners were pushed by a dogged Brisbane South outfit on Saturday but then comfortably dealt with the Adelaide Titans yesterday.
Aiden Willis has led the Mariners’ hitting, topping the team in runs batted in (RBIs).
Jackson Boyd has impressed on the mound, striking out five batters and not conceding a run in three innings.
Central Coast pulled off an unlikely comeback win over NSW rivals Hills.
Trailing by six runs heading into the final inning, Central Coast scored 10 runs, highlighted by a Bryce Calderon triple which scored Central Coast’s final three runs.
Central Coast have also had two wins from their first two games.
Adelaide Titans pitcher Jack O’Loughlin was sizzling on the mound on the first day, striking out 11 hitters in four innings.
Liam Holm has also impressed with ball in hand, striking out six batters and conceding no runs in a tense 2-1 victory for Hills on the opening day.
James Wolstencroft from Victoria’s Eastern Athletics has been one of the tournament’s standout hitters with four RBIs.
Tournament director Michael Ibbotson has been impressed with the tournament.
“The standard of play has been excellent and Albert Park is one of the top baseball facilities in the country,” he said.
The championship game will be played on Thursday at 2.30pm with the winner progressing to the Senior League Asia-Pacific tournament in the Philippines.