Queensland Rams win baseball title-opener
The two teams swapped the lead several times before the Rams ultimately took the points.
They put on a show for the Baxter Field crowd with solid hitting and some superb fielding punctuated by two home runs.
The Rams were leading 5-3 into the sixth innings before the South Australians capitalised on a series of wild pitches and some well-constructed hitting to score five runs.
Undeterred, Queensland fought back in the top of the seventh when Ben Simpson beat out a hit to short-stop to be safe at first.
First baseman Cale Wood ensured the South Australia was kept in the game massive home run over the leftfield fence to draw within one.
The Rams quickly disposed of their opponents in the top of the seventh before ensuring extra innings when Harrison Brown stole home for the run.
Far from willing to concede, South Australia again fought hard to take back the lead, scoring through Matthew Parslow and Matthew Scharenberg.
Again the Rams stepped up to the task with pinch hitter Michael Gahan the first aboard, followed soon after by Tom Dymalla.
Harry Baker’s single to right field brought in the first run and set up the second when Dymalla moved to third base.
Baker then stole second to set up the potential winning run.
With the pressure applied and the game hanging on a wire, the pressure was relieved with a dramatic wild pitch that scored Dymalla to tie.
As the fallout settled, the game fell to the Rams with a cheeky steal from Baker to take the game.
Parslow was the hero for the South Australians, hitting from all four at bats as well as picking up a walk and two runs batted in.
Scharenberg also dominated with two hits and two walks of his own.
For the Rams Josh Fritsch, Todd McDonald and Tom Dymalla were good, contributing two each to the team total of 11.
NSW enjoyed an evening of free hitting against their Country counterparts to take their game 18-3.
Victoria Ace accounted for the ACT with an 11-nil outing.
Not to be outdone, Western Australia had a solid 13-4 win over Victoria Provincial.
Victoria’s Andrew Hayes took the honour of the first home run for the tournament. The hit was just one of two for the day; an effort that yielded four runs batted in for his side.
Meanwhile the pitching performance of NSW’s Ian Hutchinson, J Greenless-Brown, Zac Shepherd and Keiren McCluskey allowed just a single hit in their game.
The national under-14 championships run right through to next Sunday, January 11, at Albert Park, Lismore.