WARRIORS Blue confirmed the Tamworth Baseball competition minor premiership with a hard-fought eight-run win over Gunnedah on Saturday.
Despite the indications of the 21-13 scoreline, they did it tough, with Gunnedah up by a run with a couple of innings to play.
“They were 13-12 in about the fifth innings,” Warriors’ Mick Martin said.
But Warriors came out and blasted nine runs in the next two innings.
“It was the best game we’ve had against them all year,” Martin said.
Simon Norvill threw well for the visitors and was good with the bat with three hits.
Aaron Harding also had three, Jamie Eveleigh two and Michael Flannery two.
Warriors shared the hits around.
There was only one player who didn’t get a hit, Martin said.
He topped the hits with four followed by Jake Forsythe with three.
Martin said they did make a few errors early on. They made three in the second innings.
“To their (Gunnedah) credit, they hit the ball quite well,” Martin said.
Ryan Handsaker pitched the first six innings for Warriors and did a good job, Martin said. Forsythe came on for the last and closed the game out, striking all three out.
They’ll match-up against the Rainbow Warriors in the major semi-final, with Gunnedah to face Cougars in the minor semi.
Cougars also had a good final round, holding Rainbow Warriors to a 7-all draw.
“We had one of those days,” Rainbow Warriors’ Robert Chandler said.
They were up 7-5 but Cougars snatched two runs in their last innings.
“The last innings we had some bad base running,” Chandler said.
That was a problem throughout the game.
“We lost five runners on bases,” Chandler said.
“We had loaded bases a few times and didn’t convert.”
James Psarakis, fresh off the plane and a week in Brisbane at the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence, was good at short stop for them.
Jeff Chandler was the best with the bat with three hits. Lachlan Ng, Mitch Holt and Sam Holt all cracked two.
Kris Bird, Jeremy Bird and Brian Hopton were the best for Cougars with two.
Hopton also threw quite well.