Old hands show class at Blue Lake Sports Park

CONTACT: Legends Blue batter Daniel Long gets a hit away.

THE 17th Annual Mount Gambier Baseball Masters is done and dusted, with Limestone Coast teams faring well.

Fine weather welcomed the six visiting and three local teams to Blue Lake Sports Park for two-and-a-half days of competition, with each team playing four or five games depending on which division they participated in, including finals.

Away teams included Adelaide Aces, Adelaide L’aces, Northern Aces Blue and Grey from Adelaide, Diamond Dogs from Melbourne and Alfredton from Ballarat.

Local team were Misfits and two teams from the Mount Gambier Legends who were hosts of the carnival.

The nine teams were divided into two divisions, each playing a full round robin series before running into a finals series of matches.

Two games were played on Friday night in front of a good crowd.

Saturday was full on with games commencing at 8am, for 12 games played on two diamonds, including for the second time the Mount Gambier Softball Association granting permission to use one of their diamonds.

Placings in each division after the round robin were Division 1 Alfredton, Legends Blue, Misfits and Northern Aces Blue.

Division 2 saw Diamond Dogs on top followed by Adelaide Aces, Legends Gold, Northern Aces Grey and the Lady Aces in fifth spot and out of the playoffs.

An early start on Sunday morning saw Division 2 play their final round robin games before heading into finals.

In the bronze medallion playoffs in Division 1, local team Misfits defeated Northern Aces Blue by a solitary run 7-6, while in Division 2 host club Legends Gold prevailed over Northern Aces Grey 15-8.

Both gold/silver finals were played on Diamond 1 in front of good crowds, with Division 2 kicking proceedings off.

Diamond Dogs had too much fire power in the batting box for Adelaide Aces, eventually defeating them in the 90 minute game 6-1.

The Division 1 game went the same way with Alfredton, defeating Legends Blue 9-1 to take gold.

Mount Gambier Legends president Peter Walter thanked all those involved, from players, to officials and valued sponsors.