PITCHERS dominated the Tamworth Baseball Association first grade round at the Field of Dreams on Saturday.
Warriors Blue had a 3-1 win over Cougars on the John Carter Diamond with veteran pitcher Johnny Warren spearheading the Warriors win against a side where teenage thrower, Brock Ridgewell, also shone.
On Chris Parsons Diamond the Rainbow Warriors had a 4-1 win over the Knights with veteran Warriors stalwart Rob Chandler in fine form.
Al Brand also threw eight great innings for Knights, said skipper Aaron Harding.
“It was a good tight game,” Harding said Saturday night.
“It was dominated by the pitchers.
Rob started for them and was relieved by Jeff (Chandler) and Al (Brand) threw for us. He went eight innings and then Craig Haestier finished.
There weren’t many hits on either side. We might have had three or four. Just couldn’t get on base and three of their (Rainbow) runs came off our errors.
“There wasn’t much in it. Al threw really well and Ron was too good – the old bastard – he can still throw. And he’s still chirpy.
“But the game was also played in really good spirit.
“We enjoyed it, not being at each other’s throats but come final time it might be different.”
Nathan Clegg and Jamie Eveleigh also excelled for Knights in a game well-called by umpire Warren Radford.
Knights had led 1-nil for some six innings before making the most of the Knights errors, said coach Rob Chandler.
“We’ve been struggling a little with numbers and had Jake Richards making his first grade debut,” Chandler said.
“He hit the ball real well.
“It was a good game, good win.”
The three Holt brothers – Joey Holt, Mitch and Sam – all had hits as did Lachlan Ng and Chris Aslin.
Rob Chandler’s 85 pitches included 61 strikes while his younger brother, Jeff Chandler, closed out the final two innings.
Al Brand was also good, throwing 59 strikes in his 93-pitch game.
On John Carter Diamond, Johnny Warren’s 123 pitches included 88 strikes in the two-run win over Cougars. He also came up with a hit in a game where Jake Forsythe went four from four in the hit department.
While Brock Ridgewell threw six good innings he also smacked two hits for a side while Cale Penrith also had two hits and Richard Bullock, Kris Bird and Scott Hurn also had hitting success.
B& POINTS: 3 John Warren (WB), Rob Chandler (RW), 2 Brock Ridgwell (C), Al Brand (K), 1 Jake Forsythe (WB), Mitch Holt (RW).