Saints’ win ensures prized finals spot

SAINTS held off a fast-finishing Wanderers side to grab the vital third place and prized finals spot.
Nanjing Night Net

In the final round of the Sunraysia baseball A Grade regular season, the Eagles also defeated Hawks but with both sides already assured a spot in the finals.

Wanderers hosted Saints at the Southern Cross Ballpark in the battle for third place on the ladder, with the winner to go through.

Saints got off to a good start with three runs in the first innings as two Wanderers errors helped their cause.

Wanderers replied with one run as Joe Fleri, Patrick Gray and Charlie Fleri hit safely.

Saints added three more runs in the third innings while Wanderers again kicked it around the field and the visitors held a 7-1 lead with just two safe hits.

Wanderers rallied in the fourth dig and scored three runs as Joe Fleri and Nick Carroll hit safely.

Saints were stuck on their tally of seven after Joe Fleri found his groove on the mound.

The hosts edged one run closer in the seventh, with Joe Fleri working a walk and running the bases well, and they got to within one in the next dig through a Saints error.

The tension heightened with two digs remaining but Saints pitcher Dean Fairlie held his nerve.

While Wanderers threatened to take the lead, Fairlie and his Saints hung on to record a nail-biting 7-6 win and earn the right to play this week. In the dead rubber match, Eagles and Hawks both fiddled with their line-ups in preparation for this weekend.

ResultsA GRADESAINTS: – 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0—7

WANDERERS: – 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 0—6

SAFE HITS: – Saints—B Gowers, T Parmenter and A Walker 1

Wanderers—Joe Fleri, P Gray and M Hren 2; N Carroll and C Fleri 1

EAGLES: – 0 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 X—5

HAWKS: – 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0—1

SAFE HITS: – Eagles—J Simmons 3; A Bell, M Austin, T Pay, B Heagerty and A Law 1

Hawks—D Probert 2; T Cross, C Anderson and J Gregory 1

B GRADEHAWKS: – 2 1 1 1 2 0—7

WANDERERS: – 0 0 0 0 1 0—1

SAFE HITS: – Hawks—C Williams, D Moras and J Tatchell 1

Wanderers—T Malycha, R Grenfell and B Walker 1

EAGLES: – 1 0 0 2 0 1 0—4

WANDERERS ONE: – 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0—1

SAFE HITS: – Eagles—L Christian 2; C Minette, M Lang and T Dowdy 1.

Wanderers—A Kortekaas and T Mitchell 1

TORNADOES vs SAINTS—No results given

C GRADEEAGLES ONE: – 1 0 0 1 4 3—9

WANDERERS ONE: – 0 0 3 0 0 0—3

SAFE HITS: – Eagles—T Bell 3; T Dowdy and K Roberts 2; J Dowdy, S Harvey, N Kirk and B Hedley 1

Wanderers: – D Ashcroft 2; A Ashcroft, W Kortekaas, Co Clifford and T Mitchell 1

WANDERERS TWO: – 3 4 2 0 5—14

SAINTS: – 2 3 0 1 1—7

SAFE HITS: – Wanderers—J Higginbotham 3; H Carroll, A Kortekaas, S Plumridge and S Smythe 2; D Hayes, T Plumridge, K Morrison, D Hren and D Simonetta 1

Saints—M Fabich and R Wakefield 2; Z Safek, P Hawkes, K Ilsley and C Clifford 1

HAWKS: – 4 2 5 2 1– 14

EAGLES: – 1 5 0 0 1—7

SAFE HITS: – Hawks—C Humphrey 2; J Tatchell, A Hardie, A Petrie, T McPhee and E Langanke 1

Eagles—M Avery, L Scott, R Pallot and B Burrows 1

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