WARRIORS Rainbows and Blues warmed up for their big club derby game with contrasting wins against Cougars and Knights in their Tamworth first grade baseball games on Saturday.
While the young Rainbow Warriors were handing out a 17-1 hiding to Cougars, the Blues had a much tougher time of their 13-8 win over Knights.
Blues catcher Chris Dyson said the Knights were missing two key pitchers in Craig Haestier and Allen Brand.
That made it easier for his batters, who came up with 16 hits between them.
Dyson had five hits, Nathan Handsaker four, Mick Martin four and Brent King two.
“Knights were in it too until the last couple of innings,” Dyson said.
“We got a few runs at the end. But they (Knights) are going to be hard when they get all their players back.
Warriors Blue pitcher John Warren pitched six good innings before being relieved by Ryan Handsaker.
The Rainbow Warriors, meanwhile, “pulled their fingers out” to blast the Cougars, said skipper Robert Chandler.
David Ardill started on the mound for the Rainbows and pitched strongly for five innings before being relieved by Joey Holt.
Holt also starred with the bat, coming up with five hits, three of them doubles.
Mitch Holt (2), Jeff Chandler (2), James Psarakis (2) and Todd Brazel (3) also came up with multiple hits.
“Jimmie Psarakis was awesome at short stop,” Chandler said.
“The Cougars were missing a few, Cale Penrith and Brock Ridgewell. Nathan Smith started for them and pitched well.”