BASEBALL: Easts beat workers to secure minor premiership
EASTS have secured the minor premiership in Far North Coast Major League baseball after two wins over Workers on Saturday, while Brothers staked a claim to a finals berth when they defeated Norths in both games of their double-header.
Easts won their games at Albert Park, Lismore, 10-5 and 4-1 while Brothers prevailed 5-2 and 5-1.
In the first game of the Easts and Workers clash, nothing separated the teams up to the fifth innings, when the game was locked at 3-all.
Easts broke the deadlock in the sixth when hits from Nathaniel Steele, Aiden Hanlon and Michael Munro pushed three runs cross the plate.
They increased the lead in the final innings with four runs including a three-run home run by Steele over the left field fence.
Workers tried to make a comeback in their turn at bat with runs from a Dallas Knapp two-run home run but they came up short, giving Easts the 10-5 win.
Best with the bat for Easts were Steele and Reece Smith with three hits each while Knapp, Micka McClelland and Troy Pruess each registered two hits for Workers.
In the second game, Easts continued their strong batting in the first innings when Michael Munro, Peter Best and Luke Davis all hit safely for two runs.
Workers hit back with one run in the third. Wayne Devlin hit safely and scored after some timely hitting from Workers' middle-order batters.
Easts increased their lead to 3-1 in their turn at bat.
After Steel tripled in the fourth, Easts grabbed a 4-1 win and, with it, secured the minor premiership.
In Brothers' double-header against Norths, Brothers wasted no time in scoring runs and taking a 3-0 lead after some aggressive batting from Corey Wilford, Andrew Carrol, Matt Wyatt and Jake Muscat.
Norths' first scoring opportunity came in the fourth innings. Paul Simes singled and was driven in by a hit from Mark Robb.
In the fifth innings Brothers increased their lead with another run. Hits from Carroll and Muscat gave them a 4-1 margin.
Both teams scored one run each in the sixth, giving Brothers the 5-2 win.
Mark Robb stood out for Norths with two hits including a triple while for Brothers Jake and Andrew Muscat each registered two hits.
Brothers took advantage of fielding lapses in the Norths defence to also take the second game.
Four of Brothers' five runs came from Norths' five errors.
Andrew Muscat, on the mound for Brothers, pitched the complete game in a great performance.
He struck out eight and gave up only three scattered hits while walking just one Norths batter.
He was backed up by a solid Brothers defence, which did not commit an error.
Andrew Muscat also contributed two hits.