Workers' bats run hot
REX Airlines Far North Coast Baseball’s run to the play-offs took yet another twist at Albert Park in Lismore at the weekend when Workers and Brothers upset the applecart.
Workers were emphatic in two wins over Norths in the double-header on Baxter Field and have taken a two-point lead on the competition ladder.
Norths found themselves in trouble in the first game when Workers ran riot with the bats for a 10-4 victory.
Workers made their intentions clear in the second innings when they belted in five runs off young pitcher Brendan Meagher.
Norths managed two runs in reply, but could not hold out Workers in the third, fourth and fifth innings, when they scored a further five runs.
Norths were overwhelmed by the ferocity of the Workers onslaught, managing just two more runs in the fifth before capitulating in seven innings.
Trent Clark, Dallas Knapp, Troy Pruess and Mick McClelland hit well for Workers, picking up two hits each. Norths were held to just seven hits, with Jason Britt’s two hits the best.
Workers took a much tighter second game 4-3.
Bryce Martin was the hero for Workers, pitching well and grabbing two hits, while Norths shared their seven hits evenly throughout the order.
On Thew Field, Brothers outlasted Redbirds in a three-hour marathon, taking their third win of the season with an 8-7 final- innings victory.
Redbirds dominated the batting with 14 hits to eight, but too often base runners were left stranded and several base runners were shot down attempting to steal.
Brothers made the most of some wayward pitching, keeping their game moving forward, with 10 walks more than making up for their lack of prowess with the bat.
Mick Munro was the best for Redbirds with the bat, chalking up three hits for the afternoon, while Peter Best, Robbie Pruess, Jack Jeffery and Jake Turcato contributed with two hits each.
Jeremy Sexton led the way for Brothers with two hits, including a solid double.
Workers now lead the competition by two points from Norths and are three ahead of Easts Redbirds.
With just three weeks left in the regular season, Redbirds would need to win every game and hope the Brethren finish strongly to deny Workers and Norths the chance to battle out the minor premiership between them – and direct passage to the three-game grand final series.