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Winter Royals – Round 4 Match Report

Round 4  v Mornington

On a perfect day for winter baseball we hosted Mornington on Saturday in a game we needed to win to stay in touch with ladder leading Dingley.

Responding to an early run the Sandy team batted sensibly extending the Pirates pitcher and drawing walks where available. Dave McKinnon made second after an absolute cannon shot burst through Left Fields glove and then in typical fashion Rob Anthony drove the ball low and hard into the outfield to score runs for us allowing us to establish a lead.

Young Ben Kaplin was going well on the hill under the guidance of catcher Dave Morehouse and with the support of an experienced infield.

We skipped away to a six run lead in the third thanks to Dave McKinnons’ second good hard hit to the outfield and thought now was the time to bring in our latest secret weapon……Pitcher Rob Anthony.

Having a lead gave us the opportunity to throw a few players into new positions and with Rob in control on the mound we were unchallenged in the latter stages recording a comfortable 11-2 win

Good hits were also recorded by Steve Lester, Ruby Smith, Ben Kaplin, Dave Morehouse

The team enjoyed the warm clubrooms and some hospitality along with the opposition after the game.

Thanks as always to Greg, Andrew, Geoff and Fuzzy for your usual invaluable contribution.

We travel to Bonbeach next week for a game against a stronger opposition. The team has gelled very well given the change in playing staff over the summer and are looking forward to a successful season with finals well in our sights.

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