Federal cut loose in fourth dig

BATTER UP: South Indian's Deklin Joyce takes a swing during Saturday afternoon's clash with Federal. Picture: JAMES MURPHY


South Indians opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning in Saturday afternoon’s Mount Gambier and District baseball Division 1 game against Federal.

Lead-off batter Tarkyn Morale singled to left field and crossed home after Blake McAdam’s infield hit to third base resulted in a wild throw from that player.

However, the Demons bounced back in the top of the second dig.

Clay Carpenter picked a base on ball, the next two batters were struck out, Dean Searcy and Owen Wheatley both singled as did Nash Lobley whose hit pushed both Carpenter and Searcy home before the inning was wrapped up.

In the fourth inning Federal let loose.

A base on ball, an error at first and another walk loaded the bases.

All three scored on Nash Lobley’s triple to deep left-field.

Riley Rolph singled and added to the score on Alex Pearsons’ Texas leaguer.

Rolph crossed the plate on Craig Nicholls sacrifice fly to centre-field and a hit from Carpenter was followed by a walk by Jordan Johnson.

Roy Hutchesson’s sacrifice fly scored Pearson, Dean Searcy hit into an infield error, Owen Wheatley’s safety to left-field scored Carpenter, a walk by Lobley pushed Johnson home and a ball that got past the catcher saw Searcy cross.

A base on ball to Rolph and consecutive hit pitched ball gained Federal two more runs with a total of 11 for the dig.

The Indians were unable to make an impression in the even inning.

Three walks, a hit batter and two more safe-hits added a final six runs to the Demons score while the Indians scored a consolation two runs in the final even inning.

Deegan Habner hit safely to left-field and scored on an infield error on Blake McAdam’s contact with the ball.

He hit home when Branden Horrigan’s hit, also to the infield, created a wild throw.

For the red and white, Ben Nash gave up 10 base on ball, three hit batters, 10 safe-hits and 19 runs.

He picked up three strikeouts while the team made three errors.

For Federal, Rolph had three walks, three safe-hits and three runs, while he picked up two strikeouts and the team made six errors.


Friday night saw Mount Gambier and District baseball powerhouse Division 1 club Central make short work of its clash with Tigers.

Batting first, Tigers were off to a good start by way of two walks to Ben Marcus and Harrison Elletson, then both were batted in by Kane Harrison’s two-bagger to left-field.

However, from there on it was all downhill.

Pitcher Kane Harrison saw 13 batters face him in the bottom of the first inning.

His radar was off, throwing three base on ball, two hit batters, gave up two hits and nine runs while the team created two expensive errors before he removed himself from the mound.

Two more runs crossed home on a triple from Alex Ridding on reliever Jake Powell.

Powell then proceeded to keep the black and white scoreless for the next two digs, but they went for broke in the bottom of the fourth.

Aided again by four base on ball, another hit batter and three field errors, Central added a further eight runs to give them a mercy winning lead 20-2.

Tigers fought back in the top of the fifth, scoring three consolation runs from relief pitcher Dylan Gull.

Matt Thompson singled, as did coach Kane Harrison.

They were both batted in when Powell hammered a double to centre-field.

He then scored on Ben Marcus’ Texas Leaguer to centre-field before the final out was made.

Not to be denied Dylan Chuck, in the bottom of the fifth, singled to right-field and scored, as did Ridding, who blasted the ball to deep right-field for an in-the-field home run to complete the hitting cycle – a single, double, triple and home run in the one game.

Central’s two pitchers gave up five base on ball, six safe-hits, five runs, made two errors and picked up seven strikeouts.

Tigers’ three pitchers gave up 10 base on ball, three hit batters, 12 safe-hits, 22 runs (10 earned), made five errors and picked up four strikeouts.