OUT AT SECOND: Easts’ Aiden Hanlon is tagged out trying to steal second base by Norths shortstop Caleb Albrecht.
OUT AT SECOND: Easts’ Aiden Hanlon is tagged out trying to steal second base by Norths shortstop Caleb Albrecht.

Easts prevail in baseball marathon

THE top-of-the-table clash in Far North Coast Major League baseball lived up to expectations with Easts finally defeating competition leaders Norths 23-20 in a 12-innings marathon that went for four-and-a-half hours.

Easts showed they meant business in their effort to stay in contention for the minor premiership, scoring nine runs from as many hits in the first two innings.

Norths pegged two runs back in the fourth with hits by James Linger, Mark Robb and Ashely Simes.

Easts, who were not being troubled, increased their lead to 11-2 in the top of the sixth but Norths powered back into the game in their turn at bat with four hits and five walks combining to put them in front 13-11.

Easts hit back in the seventh with Robbie Pruess, Nathaniel Steele, Dylan Olive and Reece Smith all hitting safely to regain the lead at 17-13.

It was 20-16 going into the ninth innings when Norths tied it up at 20-all with hits from Gus Daly, Robb, Jason Britt and Jason Bromell, pushing the game into extra innings.

The 10th and 11th innings remained scoreless before hits from Will Riley, Pruess and Graham Snape, together with two Norths errors, earned Easts three runs in the 12th.

This time Norths could not reply and Easts completed a well-earned win.

Eight pitchers were used in the game to try to stem the hitting as Easts just out-batted Norths 23 hits to 22.

Pruess led Easts' batting with six hits while Bromell notched five for Norths.

In the other game on Saturday, Workers dominated Brothers 13-0.

Micka McClelland controlled the Brothers batters, pitching a complete game, giving up only five scattered hits and not allowing a walk.

Workers' defence supported McClelland in not committing an error in slippery conditions.

Workers tallied 12 hits. Dallas Knapp was their standout with three including a three-run home run in the seventh innings.

Pointscore: Norths 36, Easts 34, Workers 24, Brothers 18