Workers toil for baseball finals berth
WORKERS will take on Norths in the FNC Major League grand final after fighting back from an early deficit to beat Brothers two games to one at the weekend.
Brothers skipped out to an early 1-0 lead in the series with a win in Game One on Friday night but Workers recovered to win the next two and advance to the title decider.
Workers began well in Game One and led 5-2 after seven innings.
Jason Caught and Scott McClelland were among those to star with the bat for Workers with McClelland crushing one ball over the left field fence for a solo home run.
But then trouble struck.
Caught was on the mound when Jeremy Sexton line-drove a ball back at him, hitting him in his pitching arm.
Caught had not given up a walk in the previous six innings but he struggled after being hit, conceding four walks and five hits as Brothers took full advantage and exploded with seven runs.
Workers tried different pitchers in a bid to stem the run flow but Brothers continued to dominate, racking up three runs in the ninth innings to finish 13-5 winners.
Best with the bat for Brothers were Sexton, Pat Doyle and Andrew Muscat, all of whom notched up three hits each.
Workers struck back in Game Two to win 7-1 and level the series.
Brothers' pitchers had trouble finding the strike zone and gave up 12 walks while Workers batters landed eight hits to dominate the game.
Brothers could only grab five scattered hits. Sexton again stood out with two of the five hits.
Scott McClelland and Dallas Knapp each grabbed two hits for Workers.
Mick McClelland, pitching for Workers, did a great job on the mound to restrict Brothers' hitters. He pitched the complete game, striking out three, giving up just five hits and allowing no walks.
Game Three proved a tight affair early before Workers broke the shackles to win 13-6.
Workers held a narrow 6-4 lead in the fifth innings but the Brothers pitchers then imploded.
From that point they gave up 10 walks and one hit while Workers piled on seven runs to finish comprehensive winners.
For Workers, Caught and Daniel Clark each had two hits while for Brothers Jake Youngberry, Jake Muscat and Doyle all grabbed three hits.
In Division 1, Easts defeated Workers while in Division 2 Norths edged out Workers by two runs.
The highlight of the game was provided by 14-year-old Steven Edwards.
With Workers threatening with the bat, Edwards produced a great double play to shut them down.
After taking a great catch at centerfield Edwards proceeded to one-hop the ball to the catcher to easily nail the runner trying to score.
In Division 3, Ballina easily accounted for Workers to move into the grand final against Easts.