GAWLER Rangers’ division three side has had a good season – the best in many years – but has been on the wrong end of too
many close games.
This was the case, again, on Saturday as the Rangers suffered a heartbreaking 4-6 loss to West Torrens.
Shaun Clark batted the game’s first run home in the first inning, on an infield hit, to give the Rangers a 1-0 start.
But one disastrous inning, again, haunted Gawler, as the Eagles took advantage of two errors to score four times in the third frame, going 5-1 up.
To its credit, Gawler never gave up, scoring twice in the bottom of the third on Kris Nankivell’s sacrifice fly and clever baserunning by Zac Allen, then another in the fourth when Steve Vanpoorten hit safely and made his way around the bases to draw within one run.
Torrens scored another run in the fifth – after another two errors – while the Rangers could not add to their total over the final two at bats.
This week, the Rangers travel to Erindale to play Kensington.
Meanwhile, the division seven side had its second consecutive victory with a 21-6 triumph against Golden Grove Central Districts.
Richard Stirling did a great job from the mound, and Jacob Greening belted two home runs.
In the juniors, Gawler’s under- 15 team had a good weekend, with two victories, beating Port Adelaide 17-1 on Friday and
backing up with a 13-5 win over Henley & Grange on Sunday.
In the first clash, Jack Tearle pitched a blinder, collecting 10 K2s, while Jacob Allen had three hits – for five over the weekend – and Ben Lee had two, two-run singles for five RBIs in the game.
Morris O’Handley pitched well in Sunday’s game against Henley, with a four-run first inning setting the tone of the match.
Finally, the under 13s scored the maximum runs in every inning to win 25-5 against Northern Districts, with Caleb Burrows,
Lachlan Harris and Daniel O’Handley picking up three hits each.