Workers walk away with early wins
Workers Club got off to a winning start in the opening round of the Far North Coast Baseball competition, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat over Norths on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
On Friday Norths appeared to be cruising to a win, ahead 3-0 before a third base error opened the way for a three-run rally as the tricolours fought their way back into the match. Workers went on to seal a 5-3 win.
On Saturday, in a tortuously slow yet tight game, Norths allowed their opponents an early lead, offerring up two errors in the opening innings and a number of walks as Workers went ahead 3-0. Norths struck back in the third and fourth innings, thanks to some solid hitting by the Norths top order, to lead 7-3.
Jason Britt pitched with intensity and did a good job of holding back the potent Workers offence, until the bottom of the fourth, when they came back to trail 5-7. With Britt tiring, coach Geoff Baxter turned to Paul Kenyon to take the mound. Workers struggled to come to terms with Kenyons jaunty action, regularly fouling him off wide of the third base line. Kenyon found it difficult to get a strike past the batters, who fouled off his strikes and accumulated balls for a free ride to first. Over the final two digs he ended up walking home four batters as Workers walked away with a 9-7 win.
In the other match a peerless performance of pitching by softball international, Nick Shailes, opened the way for Easts to humble a very youthful Marist Brothers 16-0.
Redbirds veteran Graham Snape topped his sides batting with three hits from four at bat.