INTERPORT Masters scored a 12-0 mercy-rule win over Deadstars in the A division final of the June Baseball Carnival at Tamworth’s Field Of Dreams on Monday.
Sam Holland led the way for Interport with a powerful display on the mound, throwing 51 strikes in a 75-pitch six-inning success.
Catcher Brad Wise was also outstanding and was one of the many IM stars, belting two doubles in a final the Brisbane-based side took control of in the third innings over their Sydney rivals.
A triple-base hit by Wade Dutton scored two runners off Deadstars pitcher Danny Smith. His brother, Brad, then hit a sacrifice fly to score another run and a 3-0 lead in the third innings.
Another run followed in the fourth dig and two more in the fifth before a five-run sixth innings completed the demolition.
“They gave us a whipping,” Deadstars manager Todd Nichols said.
“We had the same pitcher [Danny Smith] as last year when he shut them out [for a 3-1] win. We were hoping for a repeat but they were way too strong in every facet of the game.
“We made too many mistakes too and when you don’t score runs, you don’t win. It was a total domination.”
Interport Masters coach Peter Dutton was delighted with the whole weekend.
“We had another great weekend,” Dutton said. “Sam [Holland] pitched great. He’s been over in the US for the past five years or so playing Single A and Double A but came home and has been a big part of the Bandits [Queensland ABL side].”
Holland made his debut with Interport Masters this weekend.
“He said this is the best trip he’s been on and will be back with us next year for sure,” Dutton said.
“And what a game Brad Wise had. He caught four games over the weekend and must have hit at least .500. I think he only got out twice.”
Shayne Watson also starred for IM with three hits and a walk from four at-bats. Brad Dutton, Ryan Duncan, Josh Roberts and Nathan Corscadden all singled while David Sutherland doubled.
The Interport Masters came up with two slick double plays, one of which finished the game in brilliant fashion.
Deadstars had some consolation when they won B division with a 7-4 win over Misfits while the Interport Masters’ second side, Kingswood, won C division with a 14-4 win over Karingai Stealers.
Cougars USDC won D division with a 9-7 victory over Balls Deep while Team Duff beat Beers 9-3 in E division, and Cougars had a 15-6 win over Mavericks in F division.