Swinging hard: Braiden Spalding at bat.
Swinging hard: Braiden Spalding at bat.

Coffs baseballers turn on the fun

THE excitement was all over the kid’s faces as we played first games in several weeks because of rain delay and first up was the Junior Allstars against the Bluesox 1 team.

A scoreless first innings for both teams was dramatically changed when Jack Stephens smashed an awesome line drive for a grand slam home run putting the Sox up by four runs.

Excellent fielding by Braden Spalding at short with a ripper throw to home to save a run and a terrific catch to end the third dig. The Allstars clawed their way back into the game starting with an awesome hit by Jason Humphries which turned the game around and saw the Allstars eventually win 5-4.

In the following game by the juniors the Dodgers took on the might of the Bluesox II and after the hard fought battle, the game ended in a 5-all draw. Charlie Gallagher punched above his weight once again for the Dodgers and helped rescue their team to a much deserved draw.

B-Grade action a plenty with hits galore from both teams and made for an exciting spectator sport.

Perry Gordon pitched for the Dodgers and made it hard for an easy hit but the Allstars prevailed with some fancy slugs to the outfield eventually claiming victory at 9–7. The fine system is working well with each member being fined in the Allstars camp for each and every mistake, Simsy being fined for lazy running to first to help pay for the end of year party. The game concluded with an outstanding catch by big Murph at centrefield.

A-Grade opened with Bluesox hosting Kempsey in a one-sided affair. Consistent big hits from the Bluesox saw them take an early lead and hold it to the end.

It was another convincing win at 10-1 in favour of the Sox. Great pitching by Rob who is always consistent on the mound

Billy opened the game with a solid hit which gave them a small lead.

The Allstars hosted the Dodgers and in the opening bat dig, Nathan Gallagher played some excellent baseball with a really solid hit to centrefield off a Jason Bromell pitch to even the score and Billy being fined for throwing like a girl.

A no-run second dig for both sides brought on the anticipation of what was to come.

A hit by Dale followed by another by Paul Grant started looking good but the Dodgers took the lead going into the bottom of the last.

Allstars had the last bat and Dale ran home on a passed ball to even the score. Cookie got on base and stole to third so Ibbitt gave the signal and Aiden put on the sacrificial bunt….and Cookie didn’t run home.

Cookie was fined and the game ended with the Allstars winning 11-7. Good fun and a great game to watch. Jason Bromell took out MVP for his pitching effort for the Stars.

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