Redbirds fire up

Redbirds Luke Davis has stood up to be counted this year and is leading the way for the premiers in the absence of leading pitcher Nick Shailes. On Saturday the young gun hammered a home run in the first innings to set the stage for major Brethren bashing as the Redbirds came away with a 22-6 win.

Easts Redbirds came out firing against major league leaders Marist Brothers on Albert Park on Saturday, smashing in four runners in the first innings thanks to a three run bomb from Luke Davis. From there the premiers were never headed as they tore the Brethren limb from limb in a 22-6 drubbing. Although Davis and Matt Best did a good job of restricting Marists legendary batting line-up it was the Redbirds offense that drew all the attention. Michael Munro, catcher Rhys Smith and Best all nailed three hits, while Steve and Peter Best, Luke and Matt Davis and John Hudson clubbed two as the Redbirds finished off the men in blue in the minimum seven innings. The ever consistent Dave Youngberry did his best to keep the Brethren in the competition with three hits while Matt Buckley and Mark Newstead managed two apiece.

In the other match, Workers season to forget became even more forgettable when they lost a tight pitching duel against Norths As 3-2. Although Workers accumulated more hits during the gripping encounter Norths found space in the outfield in a timely manner to take full advantage of their opportunities. Josh Daley pitched with good pace and consistency and Paul Simes closed the match out for the As in fine style. Workers Scott McClelland was the only hitter to manage more than one hit during the match.

This weekend the Far North Coast major league will be sending a team to the Tamworth Tour Carnival coached by Bob McClelland and Olympian Matt Buckley. Last year the Timberjacks were a bit too liberal in their enjoyment of the amber fluid to challenge for the $5000 prize money. This year the local players will probably be a little more professional in their approach.


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