Baseball action heats up

In the Mount Gambier and District Baseball League Division 2 preliminary final sister teams Central and Central Magpies faced off and the younger Magpies hold sway over the more fancied senior side.

With only two of the team over the age of nineteen they could do no wrong and took advantage of a number of uncharacteristically Central errors scoring six of their eight runs unearned.

Millicent came up trumps defeating ladder-leaders Central in the Division 3 preliminary final.

Previously undefeated Central was knocked out of the premiership race in straight sets after the Millicent batters forced the defence to make a number of errors in the field.

Led by Saxon Altschwager and Steve Wanganeen, the Bandits should certainly push the Tigers this weekend.

Central led all day in the bout with Tigers for a chance at the Junior League premiership.

This was an entertaining game with Central becoming the third team of the day to come through from the first semi-final to now have a shot at premiership glory.

Central added another team in the grand final weekend by defeating the powerful batting line-up of the South Indians in the Little League preliminary final.

They took full advantage from a high number of base on ball, while Jett Lewis and Zaylen Smith picked up two hits each.

There were also numerous trophy winners crowned at the league’s presentation night.

The respective Divisions 2 and 3 leading players were Mitchell Cutting and Sean Horrigan.

South Indians’ Deegan Habner claimed the Junior League top gong, while Jett Lewis and Levi Seager shared the ultimate Little League prize.

Central’s Jobe Lynagh won the Minor League best and fairest.

Junior League’s Alex Merrett from Tigers recorded the leading batting average with .737, while Matt May and Tom Peach led the category in their respective Divisions 2 and 3.

The respective Divisions 2, 3 and Junior League runs batted in awards went to Ben Green, Steve Kuhl and Alex Merrett.

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