Series sweep has Musketeers trending upward
A SERIES sweep of previously nearest rivals Coomera Cubs has seen the Ipswich Musketeers rocket up the Greater Brisbane League Division 1 ladder.
Following a hard-fought 7-5 win over the Cubs last Wednesday night, the Ipswich ball club backed it up with convincing 3-0 and 6-2 wins in Sunday's double-header at Mudgeeraba.
The result simultaneously catapulted the Musketeers from fifth into second, and the Cubs from sixth to seventh.
Ipswich now sit just one win behind competition leaders Windsor Royals with a game in hand.
Wednesday night's win was built on the pinpoint pitching of Canadian import Fernando Beltran.
Pitching was again the deciding factor on Sunday, although Beltran was not asked to shoulder the burden alone.
In the early match, Pontus Bystrom showed he can fizz a fast ball just as capably as he crushes them when at the plate.
The Swedish import pitched seven innings and recorded seven strikeouts to help keep the home side scoreless.
Bystrom was given a rest from the mound in the second match, with Josh Roberts stepping in to pitch five innings while Beltran returned to spell him when required.
The Cubs did manage two runs in the bottom of the sixth this time out, however an efficient Musketeers scored in six of their eight innings - including runs in each of the first three - and never looked troubled.
Roberts also topped the batting charts with two hits.
The Musketeers now travel to face Pine Hills in another best-of-three series, beginning Friday night and continuing with a double-header on Sunday.