Easts Redbirds lead off hitter Michael Munro has been performing week-in and week-out for the Redbirds and on Saturday he extended his positive influence to their match against the Mudgee Redsox by taking the mound. The Redsox possess one of the most powerful batting line-ups in the Interleague, so to debut as pitcher against the Gold Coast champions looked like a daunting task. Not for Munro. He closed them down for most of the match and his work, combined with a dominant batting display, secured the Redbirds a 17-10 win. Questions have been asked as to whether the Redbirds could defend their premiership title without pitching hero Nick Shailes, and they seem to have answered that speculation. And now, with the other local teams ageing, the Redbirds appear on the edge of new era a Redbirds era.
In the other match Workers Club fell asleep at the wheel but did enough to win 13-7 against the Robina Braves. At the end of five innings the locals had set up a 10-nil lead thanks to the pitching of young Josh Daley, so coach Dave McClelland thought hed give second base man Michael McClelland some work on the mound. Robina took the opportunity to pounce on the flatter pitching of McCelland and raced back into contention, knocking in seven runs in two innings. Tempers flamed but in the end Workers sluggers won through to hit in three extra runs and secure the win.
Surfers Paradise forfeited the other game to Marist Brothers.
This Saturday Albert Park will come alive with two of the local sides, Brothers and Norths, locked in battle with Mudgee and Robina respectively. These are must win matches for both sides, particularly Norths, who should be able to beat Robina. The games get underway at 2.45pm. Meanwhile, Workers are on the road to Surfers Paradise and Easts get the bye.
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