Top sides tune up for baseball finals

The final round of Division 1 baseball before finals saw Millicent soundly defeated by Tigers under the mercy rule.

Millicent scored first in the top of the first inning when Nick Pink picked a walk and eventually scored on a wild throw.

However, Tigers were not going to let this game slip away and immediately returned seven runs to scorebook thanks to Jesse Foster, Levi Morton, Garth Ransom, Matt Thompson, Hayden Jones, Karl Ransom and Brayden Morton.

They added five more in the second and basically secured the win, but the Bandits had a mini fightback in the top of the third mainly due to errors by the Tigers infield.

Nick Pink, Saxon Altschwager and Darcy Pink all crossed home plate to keep Millicent’s faint hopes alive.

The final runs of the game were scored by Tigers’ Morton and Jarvi Mee.

The Tigers’ fielders did the job in the top of the seventh to confirm a mercy win 14 runs to four despite striking only two more safe-hits.

The final game of the minor round saw another mercy run blowout when Central easily accounted for Federal in the 21st edition of the Taylor Probert Shield.

Central was first on the board in the opening dig after Dylan Chuck hit the first of his four safe-hits of the game.

Federal immediately hit back when both Alex Pearson and Clay Carpenter picked walks and scored on an erratic throw from a Shane Howard infield hit.

The Magpies went ahead in the second after Jordan Aston’s safety to right-field and Alex Ridding was aboard from an error.

Aston was batted in by Kyall McClean and Nathan Meinck’s sacrifice fly pushed Ridding home.

In the fourth for Central, Ridding and McClean both added to the scoreboard before going further ahead with four more in the fifth.

Both Ethan Chuck and Aston were batted in by McClean.

McClean and Meinck were both in by Dylan Gull before the Demons attempted to peg the lead back through Clay Carpenter and Alex Reppin.

But that was the end of the penny section as Central went berserk with the bat in the top of the seventh.

McClean’s texas-leaguer saw him at first closely followed by Dylan Chuck, Brock Keding and Ethan Chuck, who all scored on Gull’s fourth hit of the night.

The Demon batters were shut down in the bottom of the seventh giving Central a 16-4 mercy rule win.

Finals kicked off in the lower grades and Tigers claimed a huge upset over Central.

The Magpies’ undefeated run came to a crushing end with a 13-7 loss and will have to take the long road to defend their title, while Millicent easily accounted for Naracoorte in the elimination final.

Tigers and South Indians played for the right to go straight to the Junior League decider and the latter won a low-hitting game.

Central overcame a fast-finishing Federal in the knockout final.

Central overcame a four-run deficit going in to the last inning to win by two runs.

Second placed Tigers held all the advantage over Central in Little League semi-final with home runs from Harrison Elletson, Joe Box and Lachlan Brierley.

South Indians knocked Millicent out of the race and will play Central in next weekend’s preliminary final.

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