Redbirds to defend their title

Hero: Marist Brothers short stop and Australian Olympian Matt Buckley snavels a wild throw and pulls off an extraordinary tag at second base on Friday night in the first of a three match elimination final series.

Reigning premiers Easts Redbirds forced their way into this years grand final against Workers Club with a straight two game win over Marist Brothers in the elimination final series over the weekend. Redbirds took the first game on Friday evening 6-2 after a two dead rally produced five runs and forced the Brethren to use Mick Youngberry to relieve an over-heated Chris Coleman on the mound.

Meanwhile, Easts pitcher Michael Munro dominated Brothers, striking out seven, notably Australian Olympian Matt Buckley, and allowing just eight hits for the game. Things looked wobbly for the Redbirds when their talismanic coach Peter Best was hurt trying to complete a tag at second base and was forced from the field. However, the Redbirds didnt turn from their appointed task and sealed the match with a virtually error-free display.

Game two on Saturday was a must-win for Brothers and the signs looked positive for the Brethren when they scored heavily in the first two innings to lead 5-nil. However, the Redbirds are a much more experienced unit these days and they hung in there to set up a thrilling 6-5 lead by the end of the fifth innings.

Redbirds pitcher Luke Davis has matured into a pivotal pitcher for his club, overcoming the early disappointment of six walks to keep his side in the game and shut down Brothers batting. He also turned three double plays through second.

Redbirds now progress through to this weeks grand final showdown against Workers, in what is likely to be a series equal to their battle for the premiership last year. Games begin this Friday, September 15, at 6.30pm.

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