Dodgers start with a big victory

Play ball: Benn Zomer and Mitch McGrath of Moe/Newborough Dodgers in action against Churchill Braves counterpart Gregg Duncan. photograph amy forrester



ROUND 1 of the Latrobe Valley Baseball Association winter season saw Churchill Braves play Moe/Newborough Dodgers for all grades.
Morwell Cougars took on Traralgon Redsox for C Grade and B Grade, followed by Sale Rangers and Traralgon Redsox in A Grade.
A Grade
TRARALGON Redsox defeated Sale Rangers 11-1. Traralgon led things off with Hornstra on the hill for the Redsox.
Sale fired up the offence in the second innings scoring one run to nil but just couldn’t quite keep in front.
Traralgon managed to pull away for good in the fourth innings with a six-run lead and just seemed unstoppable from there.
Moe/Newborough Dodgers defeated Churchill Braves 17-1.
Trent Job started off on the hill for the Moe/Newborough Dodgers, lasting six innings.
He wasn’t giving in, only allowing six hits, one run, a strike out and a walk.
Churchill put up a good fight with Tim Bellerby on the mound for three innings. The pitcher
surrendered six runs off nine hits over the four and had Ty Schoevers coming in as a relief for an innings.
There was just no stopping the Dodgers in the end with Benn Zomer smashing out a home run and the team scoring eight runs in the sixth innings.
B Grade
Morwell Cougars battled hard, but just couldn’t get past the struggles, suffering a 19-0 loss against Traralgon.
Moe/ Newborough Dodgers stayed in it until the end, but Churchill Braves pulled away late in a 8-6 win.
Churchill trailed 4-3 in the top of the sixth inning when Brad Jones doubled on a 0-1 count scoring two runs.
C Grade
Churchill defeated Moe/Newborough in a high-scoring game, 15-10.
Both Traralgon and Morwell had their offences going, but Traralgon eventually prevailed with a score of 10-6.