Tough week for locals

Norths Under 16 pitcher Jamie Weeks sends down another fireball against Brothers on Saturday at Albert Park.

Workers and East Redbirds remain locked in battle for the Far North Coast Baseball minor premiership after Workers held out for a 3-1 win over Surfers Paradise on the weekend, while Redbirds enjoyed the bye.

Workers looked set to dominate the youthful Surfers Paradise unit, scoring three runners in the first innings via solid hits from Aaron and Nathan Olley, Dallas Knapp and Scott McClelland, but that is where the fun stopped for the locals. Fortunately for Workers their defence, led by pitcher Troy Pruess, moved like precision clockwork the entire afternoon with Martin Tucker taking over the duties of short stop to great effect. Workers Nathan Olley and Surfers Kevin Finn earned two hits during the low scoring affair.

Meanwhile, Norths As went down 2-1 in a gripping match against Robina. Norths stalwart Paul Simes slipped from hero to villain in the closing moments of the match. Firstly, he scored the first run of the match with a sacrifice fly to right field, but then produced a wild throw to allow Robina their eventual winner. It was an unfortunate mishap for Simes, who had put in an exemplary performance at short stop until then. The loss would have dashed Norths finals hopes had Marist Brothers not also gone belly up against their Gold Coast opponents, the Mudgee Redsox, 6-nil.

A significant lack of match practise didnt help the Brethren compete against the Gold Coast champions. They only produced a single hit on the day, while the Redsox nailed 13. In addition, former Workers pitcher John Veitch was on fire for the Redsox, striking out eight of the local sluggers in a comprehensive shut out.

This Saturday Brothers and Norths will be on the road to Robina and Mudgeeraba respectively. Meanwhile, the Redbirds will need to get the better of Surfers Paradise at Albert Park at 2.45pm if they want to keep the battle for the minor premiership alive against Workers. Workers get the bye and the easy three points.

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