Masters take over Limestone Coast

Over 120 baseballers descended on Blue Lake Sports Park to participate in the friendly over 35 Mount Gambier Baseball Masters competition.

But none could stop Northern Aces Blue as they breezed through the minor rounds at the weekend to secure their spot in the gold medal playoff.

Two games were played Friday night to kick the weekend off in front of many spectators, but were interrupted by stoppages for rain.

Nine teams were included in the tournament with six being from Adelaide including a ladies team, one from Melbourne and two local entrants.

Thirteen games were scheduled for Saturday and they were all completed without incident.

The nine teams arranged in three pools of three teams where they played a series of two games each.

After this round of matches the draw was rearranged so the top teams in each pool played a further two games each against each other.

This same process was applied to the second and third places in each pool.

Points earned over the four games then decided who would play in the finals for the coveted gold, silver and bronze medallions.

It all came down to the last pool game on Sunday morning as to who would fill the fifth spot for the playoffs.

Finally, the scene was set for a much anticipated final series consisting of Playford City who made to the finals by one less defensive run than their closest rival, playing Mount Gambier Legends for the right to play in the bronze medal game, while Adelaide Aces A played Diamond Dogs for the right to play for the gold medal.

Adelaide was victorious giving them the right to challenge Northern Aces Blue, who went straight into this game by way of being top of the nine-team ladder.

Legends defeated Playford City which left them to challenge Diamond Dogs for bronze.

In the wash up of both those games, Diamond Dogs were victors over the Legends nine runs to four while Northern Aces were winners over Adelaide Aces A 9-0 giving them gold medal status leaving Adelaide with the silver.

The clubrooms were filled to capacity at the presentations where Legends president Peter Walter thanked all clubs for attending and making the tournament a success.

He also thanked tournament sponsors and all of whose contribution is invaluable in making the weekend a success, which was the 15th hosted by Mount Gambier Legends Baseball Club since starting in 2007.

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