Central tightened its grip on the top of the ladder with a strong performance in Millicent during Saturday’s round 17 of the Mount Gambier and District Baseball League season.
The Magpies opened their scoring in the first innings of the game when lead-off batter, Jordan Aston hit safely to centre-field and was brought home on Alex Ridding’s two bagger who also scored on a wild throw. Dylan Chuck was hit by the pitcher and Dylan Gull hit into an infield error.
Lauchie Tilley then gave centre-field another workout and his hit batted in Chuck. The fourth run for the dig was scored when Gull crossed on a wild pitch. The Bandits opened their account in the bottom of the third after Ellis Cushion drew a walk as did Jordan Johnson.
Craig Chittleborough drilled a hit to left-field which scored both of those runners. In the bottom of the fourth, Central’s Colby Muller for Central crunched a safe-hit to left-field and scored on Josh Chuck’s hit that created an infield error.
Millicent added two more to its score-line in the fifth from a series of errors by the Magpies’ fielders. Jack Hateley picked a walk and Anthony Mutton’s texas-leaguer to centre field saw him safe at first.
Hateley scored on a wild throw from the infield and Mutton added one more on a passed ball. In the top of the sixth, Alex Ridding doubled to the outfield and was batted in by Dylan Chuck.
Two more runs were added in the Magpies seventh at bat. Lauchie Tilley crunched a ball to centre-field and Colby Mulled picked a base on ball. They were both batted by Alex Ridding when he picked up his fourth safe-hit of the game.
Millicent added its final run of the game in the even inning when Darcy Pink singled and scored on Tim Niewenhuiizen’s long hit into centre-field. Central closed out the game in the top of the ninth when they added an additional three runs, all unearned.
With two out Jordan Aston hit into an infield error, Ridding hit safely for the fifth time and Dylan Chuck clobbered a two-bagger to left-field which scored Aston. Dylan Gull then came up with another hit to left-field which both Ridding and Chuck used to cross the plate.
Dylan Chuck closed out the game for Central leaving them victors 11 runs to five. Tigers crushed South Indians under the Saturday night lights at Blue Lake Sports Park. However, South Indians lit up the score-board in the bottom of the first when Bruce Morale hit safely to left field and was batted in by Dean Hamilton.
Tigers answered back when Tyler Horrigan cracked a ball to right-field and was batted in by Levi Morton. In the top of the third inning they added two more runs. Brayden Morton hit safely and Hayden Jones’ infield hit created an error which pushed Morton home, while Jones ultimately scored on another infield error.
South added another in the even inning again through Morale when he slammed a ball out to left-field and was batted in by Hamilton. But that was the end of the scoring for the Indians as Tigers kept coming up with hits and runs. In the fifth Garth Ransom found himself safe at first base on another error and was batted in by Garrett Ha.
The side added two more in the seventh after Matthew Thompson cracked a hit to right-field and Karl Ransom followed by beating an infield throw. They were both batted in by Jacob English’s long hit to deep left-field, while Ha’s straight drive helped Garth Ransom cross home plate to seal the 7-2 win.