Workers hold on on for 14-12 baseball win over Easts
COMPETITION leaders Workers held on for a 14-12 win over Easts while Norths salvaged a 6-4 win over Brothers in the ninth innings in Far North Coast Major League baseball.
Defensive errors marred the Workers v Easts game at Albert Park in Lismore on Saturday, with 10 unearned runs crossing the plate.
Workers led 5-0 going into the fourth innings.
Easts hit back with three runs but more errors and a Wayne Devlin hit gave Workers an 8-3 advantage in their turn at bat.
Each team scored six runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Easts wouldn't give up and, in the ninth innings, trailing 14-10, they scored two more runs before coming up short.
Workers' standout batters were Troy Pruess (three hits) and Jason Caught (two), while for Easts Matt Vidler and Robbie Pruess each had three hits.
In the other game, Brothers led 2-0 until the fifth innings thanks to solid pitching by Jake Muscat and good fielding.
Norths levelled in the fifth when Clint McCarthy tripled and scored on a single to left field by Matt Hill, who also went on to score and tie the game after Paul Simes doubled to right field.
Brothers regained the lead in the sixth 4-2 with a single by Matt Gahan and two errors by the Norths infield.
Norths narrowed Brothers' lead to one run in the seventh innings. Paul Simes walked and crossed the plate after Ben Daly singled to right field.
Going into the ninth and down 4-3, Norths scored three runs.
They came on the back of consecutive hits by Ahren Baxter, James Clark and McCarthy and a sacrifice fly by Hill, who was his team's best with the bat, also hitting safely three times.
Brothers' best batters were Gahan (three hits), Andrew Muscat, Jake Muscat and Matt Wyatt (two each).
Pointscore: Workers 30, Norths 29, Easts 21, Brothers 20.