The Sandy Kings defeated St.Kilda Saints in a nail-biting thriller of a Grand Final last Friday night 7-6!
Time was called with 2 out and a St.Kilda base runner on 3rd at the bottom of the 4th!
The Kings were on fire early after jumping out of the blocks with a 5 run mercy rule in the 1st inning to St.Kilda’s 2 run 1st inning. Jay Henry started us off by getting on base as our lead off then Tom Connolly knocked in a 2 run Home Run followed by runs to Lachie Smith (2 hits for the game), Tanner Kelton and Lachie Celantano.
Lachie Smith starting on the mound once again keeping the Saints bats in check with 1 strike-out and 2 ground outs from 2 brilliant plays under pressure from Tanner ‘Mr Cool’ Kelton at Short Stop. ‘Mr Cool’ Kelton then came on in relief and like last week pitched an awesome 3 innings game against the best hitters in the competition.
The Kings were aggressive with their bats and their base running and thoroughly deserved their win against the top side all season.
Other highlights were the game saving outfield catches made by the Celantano brothers in Lachie at Centre Field and Ben at Right Field, Quality At Bats (6 pitches or more) to James Charlton and Jacob Stamatakos and awesome defensive plays by Claudia Wonnacott at 3rd with a great tag and Ryan Williams making a great pick off play behind the runner at 2nd.
Congratulations to the team, and Chris Connolly for his masterly coaching performance thru the season!
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