BASEBALL: Easts edge Brothers in pitched battle at Lismore
IN one of the best games of the season, Easts grabbed a 4-3 win over Brothers in Far North Coast Major League baseball on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Norths are back in the finals hunt after defeating Workers 11-1 in the other game at Albert Park in Lismore.
The Easts and Brothers clash became a pitching duel between Michael Munro and Jake Muscat.
Nothing separated the two teams and after seven innings it was 3-all.
Easts broke the deadlock in the eighth innings with some solid batting and aggressive base running to grab the winning run.
In hie nine innings on the mound for Easts Munro struck out nine while Muscat fanned six batters for Brothers.
A highlight of the game was Talisen O'Meara, playing centre field for Brothers, covering a lot of ground to take seven catches.
For Easts, Aiden Hanlon was equally impressive at third base, making some outstanding plays to halt Brothers' momentum.
In the other game, Workers could not get any momentum due to some great pitching from Norths' Dean Gillespie and Paul Simes.
They were backed up by a tight defence, not committing any errors.
The game was nil-all until the fifth innings when Norths put their hitting together, grabbing five runs.
They did not look back after that with another six runs cross the plate.
Norths tallied 19 hits with the standouts being rookie James Clark and veteran Danny O'Sullivan, having four hits each.
Dallas Knapp and Troy Pruess had two hits apiece for Workers.
The difference in the game was the pitching of Dean Gillespie for Norths.
In his five innings he stuck out five, conceded only two hits and allowed no runs, while walking three. He was well supported by Paul Simes in relief.