South out-plays ladder-leaders

DOWN IN THE DUST: Tigers' Dyllan Lane takes a painful slide through the gravel after an attempted catch off the edge of the field during an equally painful loss to South Indians on Saturday.

DOWN IN THE DUST: Tigers’ Dyllan Lane takes a painful slide through the gravel after an attempted catch off the edge of the field during an equally painful loss to South Indians on Saturday.


TIGERS was brought back down to earth on Saturday when it was undone by South Indians in the Mount Gambier and District Baseball League Division 1 afternoon game.

The ladder leader scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first when lead-off batter Brayden Morton singled to centre-field and scored on Tyler Horrigan’s double to right-field.

However, the Indians replied in the top of the third after Hayden Timms picked a walk and scored on a base on ball from Bruce Morale, when bases were loaded.

South went on to score three runs in the top of the fifth, which put the side in the lead.

Dean Hamilton started the purple patch when he doubled to right-field and scored on Morale’s single to centre-field.

Damien O’Dine’s single to centre-field then saw Morale cross the plate and O’Dine scored on Jesse Balshaw’s safe hit to right-field.

Tigers pulled two runs back in the even inning, after Riley Rolph picked a base on ball and Morton picked up his second hit of the game, doubling into left-field.

Rolph crossed homeplate on Horrigan’s sacrifice fly to right-field and Morton scored on Brodie Foster’s two-bagger to left-field.

That saw the Indians lead 4-3, before sealing the win in the bottom of the eighth dig.

Hamilton’s third safe hit saw him at first, before advancing on Morale’s two base hit – also his third hit for the game – and scored on a wild pitch.

Morale recorded the Indians’ sixth run when he scored on O’Dine’s sacrifice fly to left-field.

Despite picking up seven strikeouts and making five errors, South out-hit Tigers 12 to eight, resulting in the 6-4 run victory.

Tigers only had two strikeouts and made three errors.


CENTRAL was far from its best on Saturday when it contested the late game against Federal in Division 1 baseball.

The Magpies made seven errors and picked up 12 strikeouts in an eventual 16-9 run loss to the Demons.

Despite the eventual result, Central started well to score four runs in the first innings.

Kyall McClean singled to centre-field, Nathan Meinck walked and Dylan Chuck singled to set some momentum.

McClean and Meinck then scored on a wild throw after Koby Chant’s hit to third base, while Chuck and Chant crossed the plate on Brad Lynagh’s safe hit single to centre-field.

Federal pulled one back in the even innings when Alex Reppin took a hit from the pitcher and scored on Sam Shephard’s safe hit to centre-field.

In the second innings Central continued to score well.

Chuck drew a walk and Chant singled to left-field.

Chuck went on to score on Mark Kilpatrick’s two-bagger to left-field, before Chant and Kilpatrick both crossed the homeplate on Lauchie Tilley’s single to right-field.

But Federal kept pushing and in the bottom of the second scored Alex Pearson from Kane McMillan’s safe hit to right-field, while the latter scored on Nathan Taylor’s triple, also to right-field.

Central remained in front with a 7-4 run lead, adding another two in the next inning.

McClean found himself at first base after an error at shortstop and then Meinck hit safely to right-field.

They both crossed the plate on Chant’s single to left-field.

Despite looking to be in charge at that stage, it was the Magpies’ final score of the game.

From there the Demons powered ahead and Shephard doubled, while Clay Carpenter singled.

Shephard used a lapse in concentration from Central to steal home and Carpenter crossed the plate on Pearson’s double to right-field.

It was then the wheels really fell off the Magpies’ wagon.

Three consecutive walks and a dropped flyball saw Pearson and McMillan cross home.

Taylor and Reppin also scored on an error at left-field after a hit from Shephard, which saw Federal with seven runs for the dig.

In the fourth, Josh Wilsmore added another run, before three more were added to the total in the sixth and eighth innings.

With two out, Reppin walked and scored on Wade Chant’s muffed fly chance at centre-field.

Chant Scored on Shephard’s fourth safe hit of the game.

In the eighth, Taylor walked and scored on Shephard’s hit into an error at shortstop to finish the scoring and see Federal the victor 16-9.

Of its 16 runs, seven were unearned, courtesy of Central fielding errors.

Federal also out-hit Central, 11 to nine, while picking up nine strikeouts to Central’s 12.

While Central made seven errors, Federal only had three.

Note: Junior baseball resumes this weekend.