Cooper leads Workers over Brothers
JACK Cooper was an RBI machine in Far North Coast major league baseball on Saturday, driving in four on three hits to lead Workers to a 17-8 win over Brothers.
Cooper drove in runs on a double in the fifth and a double in the eighth. In the other game, Norths Bears had a tough time generating runs, dropping their game with Redbirds 15-4.
An early lead helped propel Workers to victory with a single by Dan Clark, a single by Noah Worgan, a fielder's choice by both Jordan Williams and Nick Johnstone, a single by Seth McClelland, and a double by Clark in the first inning.
Workers sent 13 batters to the plate in the first, giving plenty of opportunity for batting practice. Brothers hit back in the fourth with three runs.
Jeremy Sexton, Xavier Thacker and Andrew Carrall all contributed in the big inning with RBIs.
Seth McClelland pitched Workers to victory after he lasted five and two-thirds innings, allowing seven hits and four runs while striking out three.
Carrall took the loss for Brothers with 17 hits and 16 runs over seven and a third innings, striking out one.
Workers collected 20 hits on the day. McClelland, Worgan, Clark, Cooper, Reece Gregor, Williams, and Johnstone all had multiple hits for Workers, with Cooper, Clark, Worgan, and McClelland each collecting three hits apiece.
Brothers racked up 13 hits on the day. Sexton, Jeff Mackney, and Jacob Ponton each had multiple hits. Sexton went 4-for-6 at the plate to lead Brothers in hits.
After an unprecedented total of 10 hit-by-pitches, there are several bruised players.
Redbirds took the lead for good with eight runs in the fifth inning when Will Riley doubled on the first pitch, Luke Davis drew a walk, Jordon Thomson doubled on a 1-0 count, Josh Healy singled on a 1-1 count, each scoring one run, before an error scored another run, and Riley doubled on the first pitch, scoring two.
Next weekend Norths take on Workers and Brothers meet Redbirds at 2.45pm at Albert Park.