Workers now on top
WORKERS were emphatic in victory in Rex Airlines Far North Coast Major League baseball when they took out Easts Redbirds in both games of their weekend double-header on Baxter Field in Lismore.
They won the first game 4-2 and the second 9-5.
Redbirds led 2–0 in the fifth innings of the opening game before Workers belted home four.
Workers pitcher Troy Pruess gave up eight hits and three walks but his ability to draw the ground ball ensured his side escaped a number of tight encounters with runners on base.
His brother, Robbie Pruess, also pitched well for Redbirds.
In the second game, Redbirds again took the initiative early, leading 5-1 into the top of the fourth before Workers again overwhelmed their opponents with a seven-run blast coming from five walks and three solid hits.
Redbirds tried to hit their way back into the game, but Workers stifled another wave of base runners to bring home the win.
Pruess and Aaron Olley topped the batting for their side in the first game with two hits each, while Graham Snape led the way with three for Redbirds. Teammates Robbie Pruess and Peter Best had two apiece.
In the second game, Workers’ super veteran Wayne Devlin’s three hits and two RBIs were crucial, while Dallas Knapp chimed in with two hits and two RBIs.
For Redbirds, Robbie Pruess, Stephen Best, Luke Davis and Reece Smith had two hits each.
In the other game on Saturday, Norths demolished Brothers 10-0in just seven innings.
Fresh from several months at the Gold Coast baseball academy, Brendan Meagher, son of Lismore’s former Australian representative Adrian Meagher, worked his way through the Brothers line-up.
In five innings Meagher saw just 19 batters come to the plate, with six strike-outs. He conceded just two hits and one walk. Closing pitcher Jason Britt shut out the game with four strike-outs.
For Brothers, Matt Buckley’s double in the sixth inning following a Michael Gahan single were the only highlights with the bat.
Nathan Daley’s game-high three hits and three RBIs led the way for Norths. Dan Muggleton and Danny O’Sullivan each grabbed a single and a double, combined with Steve Ross’s double and a triple.
Top position remains hotly contended with Workers and Norths level and Redbirds a win behind.