Muskets' import does damage at mound
IT WAS not long ago that Musketeers president Jon Campbell was lamenting a lack of pitching depth.
Now the Ipswich ball club boast a competition-best runs-against average, and a big reason why is Fernando Beltran.
The Canadian import again showed why he was so highly sought after by Campbell on Wednesday night, pitching nine strikeouts in seven innings to help the Muskets to a 7-5 win over Coomera at Mudgeeraba.
"Fernando has really established himself as a good starter,” Campbell said.
"He's good for 5-7 innings per game, and seems to be getting better.”
Beltran has impressed Campbell with his "perfectionist” attitude and commitment to keeping a routine.
"When he first got here, he hadn't played for a while and said he just needed to find some form,” Campbell said.
"He's coming back into game shape now. He doesn't deviate, he's very focused - he's on a mission.”
Beltran tied down a quality Coomera batting line-up through the first seven innings.
Meanwhile, Gregg Ellis, Henry Lebourne and Chandler McLaren combined for eight hits and seven Ipswich runs, before the Cubs found batting form with five of their own in the bottom of the eighth.
"We're starting to show what we can do,” Campbell said.
"And I think we can get stronger yet.”
Ominously for opposing bullpens, Campbell said big-hitting McLaren is "not in best form” as yet.
With Brad Dutton still sidelined with a hamstring injury, and Bandits Andrew Campbell and Wade Dutton likely available toward the back end of the season, the Muskets' hitting stocks still have room to improve.
"We'll have the best offence in the league by a country mile,” the president said.
We'll be stacked.”
GBL Division 1: Ipswich Musketeers 7 def. Coomera Cubs 5 at Mudgeeraba
Next game: Sunday double header (1pm, 3pm) - Musketeers v Cubs at Mudgeeraba