Dodgers break drought
AFTER 22 years in the local competition, Sawtell Hotel Dodgers A grade team came in from the bleachers to take out this year's premiership with a close 5-4 win over defending premiers Woolgoolga Bluesox at Richardson Park on Sunday.
Having been to the grand final on many previous occasions but unable to take the trophy, this year was the first time the A grade team secured the win.
Nelson Phillips had two from three outstanding hits and dominated the batting for the Dodgers.
Good hits were also recorded by Dominic Brennan, Cale Bainbridge and Aaron Bryant-Smith.
Ian Hooper pitched a brilliant game not allowing the usually big hitting Bluesox to connect to the ball.
Ian Whitelaw fielded outstandingly at second base with brilliance from catcher David Cowie for the winners.
Bluesox pitcher Michael Perrett performed well on the mound until replaced in the sixth inning.
Phillip Corbett was the standout batter for Bluesox.
The game remained tight with the score at 5-4 in the seventh inning with a Dodgers team effort on fielding to shut down the normally big hitters from Bluesox.
The B grade grand final saw favourites and minor premiers All Stars win 7-5 in another close encounter from Dodgers B grade.
Ben Wright batted 1000 for the winners, with good hits from Brett Falappi and Dale Morris while Brett Falappi pitched well for the All Stars.
Veteran pitcher Geoff Rogers remained on the mound throughout the finals for Dodgers, pitching a great game but due to some nervous fielding errors All Stars were able to seal the win with five runs in the fourth inning.
Josh Siebert, Bill Garner and Rob Phillips all batted well for Dodgers.
Dodgers Baseball Club are club champions for the third year in a row.