Batters step up to the plate in hit-fest


THERE were big swings and plenty of dings in round 10 of Latrobe Valley Baseball, as batters combined for 70 hits across the three A grade matches.

Sale Rangers travelled to Morwell to face the Cougars in a match which saw the lead change five times.

The Rangers opened the scoring in the first with two and added another in the third, but the Cougars hit back with four in the third to take the lead.

Both sides racked up four in the fourth, before Sale kicked away with seven in the fifth.

Despite some late scores from Morwell, the Rangers held on to win 21-13.

While the teams combined for 27 hits the batters did not have it all their own way.

The pitching staff registered 24 strike outs in total with Cougar Andrew Flanigan leading the way with nine.

A no hitter from Traralgon Redsox condemned South Gippsland Miners to a 14-1 loss.

The Traralgon batters backed up the pitching efforts with 21 hits for the game.

Miners pitcher Tim Katz toiled hard, going the distance on the mound, but was unable to contain a rampant Redsox outfit.

Churchill and Moe Newborough played out the closest match of the round, with the Dodgers eking out a 7-3 victory.

Moe Newborough began brightly with three runs in as many innings, before the Braves registered one in the fourth.

The Churchill batters could not convert their 10 hits for the day into a meaningful score, while the Dodgers made more of their 12.

Nathan Simpson added five this to his tally of seven strike outs on the mound to be among the best for Moe Newborough.

A Grade

Sale def Morwell 21-13

Traralgon def South Gippsland 14-1

Moe Newborough def Churchill 7-3

B Grade

Moe def Churchill 18-3

Sale def Morwell 15-6

C Grade

Moe def Churchill 8-4.

Morwell def Sale 12-2.

Under 16

Moe def Churchill 9-0

Traralgon def Sale 7-6

Under 13

Churchill def Sale 14-5

Traralgon def Sale 10-6