Rain can’t take shine off diamond

IT might have been wet but that didn’t stop Tamworth first grade baseball from bunting up at the Field Of Dreams on Saturday.

Knights and Warriors Blues waded into the wet weather with good wins, Knights hammering the Cougars 18-4 on the Chris Parsons Diamonds (No 2) and the Blues claiming a first win over the Warriors Rainbows on John Carter Diamond.

A 10-4 rubber ducky win fell the Blues way on the No. 1 FOD ground on the back of some solid pitching from John Warren.

The TBA president sat down the first 10 Rainbow batters in succession as the Blues took an early 2-nil lead in a tight game before the Rainbows hit back to lead 3-2 after five innings.

However, the Blues responded with four runs in both the 5th and 6th digs to blow out the match.

Nathan Handsaker (2), Will Burke (2) and Nathan Ardill (2) had multiple hits for the Blues with Ardill also finishing with four RBIs (runs batted in).

“It was a pretty good game for the conditions we played in,” said Rainbow captain-coach Robert Chandler.

“We’ve played three times now. We (Rainbows) won the first two and they had heir first win against us,” Chandler said.

“We did have Jeff (Chandler), Sam Holt and James (Psarakis) missing but they also had Dyso (Chris Dyson), Jake (Forsythe) and Mick Aldiss away too.”

One highlight was Jack Richards’ first first grade hit for the Rainbows.

On FOD 2 the Knights continued their steamrolling season.

“We were relentless, one through to six with back-to-back hits,” said Knights skipper Aaron Harding.

“We just bashed the ball again.

“Al Brand threw the whole game too and threw very well in the wet.

Joey Holt lets fly for his Rainbow Warriors in Saturday’s 10-4 rubber ducky  loss to his Blues clubmates. Photo: Geoff O'Neill 160814GOG03

Joey Holt lets fly for his Rainbow Warriors in Saturday’s 10-4 rubber ducky loss to his Blues clubmates. Photo: Geoff O'Neill 160814GOG03

“Norvs (Simon Norvill) went four from four with the bat and is smashing it, he’s absolutely belting the ball.

“It was a good performance on an ordinary day. Jamie Eveleigh had three hits too, Grant Sippel had a couple, Craig Haestier had a couple and I had a couple as well.”

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