TAMWORTH coach Dave King couldn’t have been any prouder of the way his side rallied twice on Sunday to try and keep their Tamworth June Baseball Carnival A Division hopes alive.
After a pair of 15-1 losses – to Interport Masters and Deadstars – on Saturday, Tamworth beat The Beers 6-1.
The boys rallied again.- Dave King
It meant a win over the Canberra Bandits would earn Tamworth a berth in the qualifying final, King said.
However, a sensational 9-8 loss left the coach and his players hugely disappointed but the fight shown was a silver lining.
Down 6-2 to the Bandits, a win looked out of reach.
“The boys rallied again,” King said.
“We led 8-6. Andy Bello had a great hit, knocked in a couple [of runners]. Brad Smith and Brock Ridgewell also had good hits.”
Then the unthinkable. The Bandits had a walk off home run to score three and a one run win to score a qualifying final berth where they play the Deadstars while Tamworth will play off with The Beers for fourth.
The unbeaten Interport Masters will be chasing a sixth A Division title in seven years when they play the winner of Monday morning’s qualifying final between Deadstars and Canberra Bandits at 8.15am.
Interport had scored wins against Tamworth, Canberra (4-3), Deadsters (7-5) and The Beers (12-6) to make the final.
A DIVISION: Interport Masters 15 Tamworth 1, Canberra Bandits 3 Deadstars 1, Deadstars 15 Tamworth 1, Canberra Bandits 10 The Beers 6, Tamworth 6 The Beers 1, Interport Masters 4 Canberra Bandits 3, Deadstars 10 The Beers 0, Interport Masters 7 Deadstars 5, Canberra Bandits 9 Tamworth 8, Interport Masters, Interport Masters 12 The Beers 5. TABLE: Interport 8, Canberra Bandits 6, Deadstars 4, Tamworth 2, The Beers 0.
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