Rangers endure another hard-fought defeat

ROB LAIDLAW

GAWLER Rangers fought hard against Adelaide in division two baseball over the weekend, before going down 3-7 in another competitive game.
After conceding a run in the second inning, the Rangers mounted a challenge in the third frame to score three runs and hit the front 3-1.
Noah Okeil led off with his first hit in A grade, followed by Steve Vanpoorten’s walk.
Then, in a dramatic at-bat, Josh Lands fouled off five pitches in a 10-pitch at-bat before hitting a ‘tracer bullet’ over the centre-fielder’s head for a two-run triple.
Then, with two out, Andrew Law belted the first pitch he faced high in the infield, which seemed to be on a magical mystery tour before being dropped, to score Gawler’s third run.
Jake Rodda, who had pitched well through three innings, tired in the fourth, conceding three consecutive hits and three runs to end his stint with four K2s, and Gawler trailing 3-4.
Adelaide scored one run in the fifth and two in the sixth to blow the score-line out.
This Saturday, the Rangers will travel to West Lakes to play Henley & Grange.
In division three, Gawler endured a tough 16-run loss against Adelaide.
Meanwhile, Gawler was unlucky to lose its under 17 clash, conceding four last inning runs to lose to Adelaide 6-8.
Morris O’Handley batted three runs in on two hits and a sacrifice fly, while Raiden Wakefield collected three hits.
The Rangers’ under 11s continue to play well and are sitting third on the ladder after beating Redsox 9-2.
Gawler scored five runs in the first inning after doubles to Ross Oxford and Ethan Clark, and another four runs in the third following hits to Bethany Lee and Joshua Paton.
Deakin Filko pitched the first two frames and struck out five batters, Paton gave up the only hit of the game in his one inning but also collected three K2s, while Oxford excelled in his first pitching effort, striking out three – two after loading the bases on walks – for no runs.

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