Three games decided by 1 run was the distinguishing feature of our Senior clashes with Blackburn on Sunday. Unfortunately, the Royals ended up on the wrong side on 2 of them.
In the 1s at Tulip St, Reed Mason took the mound and pitched 7 strong innings [121 pitches, 5 K’s 3 walks, 10 hits against 34 batters] before conceding to the Royals young pitchers Kynan Wilcox, and Jai Lyttleton.
The Royals bats jumped out to an early lead against the Orioles non-national starter, Nathan Harris although Blackburn’s bats leveled the score by the end of the 5th, and went 1 run ahead by the end of the 7th.
Kynan Wilcox and Jai Lyttleton together conceded 3 more runs in the 8th & 9th, as did Orioles closers Andy Jones and Jacob Evans, so Blackburn won the game 9-8 on an overcast afternoon that had periods of misty rain.
In contrast, in the early game the 2s came back from the brink to snatch the points from Blackburn. With Jackson Boyd in one of his best outings for the year in control, the Blackburn bats were held in check and allowed the Sandy bats to go to work and score early runs. The Sandringham defense was always being tested with the heavy Blackburn bats and a couple of errors gave Blackburn limited opportunities which they took to get on the scoreboard. A pitching change for Sandringham and the Blackburn bats took to Lefty with some deft hitting to plate 4 runs leaving Sandringham chasing 5 runs to win in the last half of the innings.
The Sandringham boys refused however to be intimidated and strung together a couple of hits to pressure the faltering Blackburn pitching and get the tying run to the plate and then on bases courtesy of an intentional walk. Lefty then showed great poise to smash the ball to the center right fence to score the required runs for a memorable win which was enjoyed by the Royals Club luncheon participants!
The 3s game at Billabong Park was a fascinating game, and although the Royals ended up going down, the effort to maintain the lead for most of the game after playing with 8 players due to injuries (and batting a blank) was a highlight. After leading 8-3 going into the bottom of the 6th, due to great hitting from Matt Taylor and Luke Socic and aggressive baserunning, the Os managed to find gaps in the outfield, putting on 6 in the 6th and stealing the game 9-8.
The 4s also had to cope with injuries, and ultimately went down 13-2.
This week, the 1s and 2 are off to Surrey Park to play Melbourne, while the 3s and 4s are at Tulip St. Good luck to all teams this weekend!
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