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Top of the ladder clash

James Early pitching (Photo – G. Tinkler ©)

Bacchus Marsh Tigers Baseball

Last Saturday’s round was the mid-season battle between the top teams in Division 3 of the Geelong Baseball Association, Bacchus Marsh Tigers v Alfredton A’s. This was always going to be a tight battle, and it turned into a pitching duel between Dan Hamilton (Alfredton) facing 29 batters with 18 strike outs and James Early (Tigers) facing 30 batters with 10 strike outs.

Neither team scored until the fourth innings, a single run each, the Tigers from Nathan Gell’s home run. The teams scored again in the sixth innings which put the score at two all. This time the Tigers run came from some excellent but risky base running by Tate Heiskanen.

With the game on the line in the top of the seventh innings the BM Tigers put together some solid fielding with short stop throwing out all three of the A’s batters at first base. Then they applied pressure in the bottom of the seventh with a hit to left field by Mick Corbett. A wild throw to first base by Dan Hamilton, the A’s pitcher advanced Mick to 3rd base, and he was brought home by a perfectly placed hit to right field by Sam De Leon giving the Tigers their first lead of the game 3 – 2.

Top of the eighth and with time running out the Tigers called on Shannon Hornstra as their closing pitcher, who supplied 3 up 3 down, and time was called with BM Tigers the winners of the day.

Tigers – Nathan Gell (HR + double), Mick Corbett, Sam DeLeon