GAWLER Rangers’ junior sides fought hard in their semi-final matches for no success, with the under 15s losing to Henley &
Grange 7-12 and the under 13s succumbing to a fast-finishing Glenelg 12-14.
The under 15s fell behind the eightball when Henley scored four first-inning runs, but twice fought back to close the gap.
Trailing 1-5, the Rangers scored twice in the third frame, on Jack Tearle’s big hit to left-field, before Henley answered with a pair (after a long rain delay) in the bottom of the frame.
However, Gawler would not just lay down, and in the fifth mounted another challenge, scoring three runs courtesy of Boyce White’s double to left-field.
Unfortunately, for Gawler, Henley settled and ran out victors in a game that finished five hours and two minutes after it started.
Meanwhile, the under 13s shot out of the blocks to take a 9-1 lead against Glenelg after two innings, before the latter
stormed home to tie the match heading into the final frame, before over-running the Rangers with two unanswered runs.
Big doubles from Caleb Burrows and Ciaran Gill were the highlights of the Rangers’ fourrun first inning.
Then, with good batting through the line-up, Gawler had four runs home and loaded bases in the second frame, with Burrows smashing the ball over the fence for a grand slam home run.
But, with a limit of only five runs an inning, only one actually counted.
From this point Glenelg took over, scoring nine runs over the next two digs to Gawler’s two, closing the gap to one run, before charging ahead with a pair of runs in the fifth inning.
The Rangers fought back to level the contest in the bottom of the fifth, when Alkira Prior doubled and scored, setting up an exciting sixth and final frame, where Glenelg scored the two winning runs and held Gawler out.