ALTHOUGH Gawler Rangers lost 2-14 to the powerful Henley & Grange in division two baseball on Saturday, the team has an air of confidence going into this Sunday’s home clash with Northern Districts.
There have been numerous close losses for the winless Rangers this season, but with the final three games all at home against teams Gawler almost beat in the first round, a maiden division two victory should materialise – if not against North – in the final fortnight.
Against Henley on the weekend, the Rangers fell 0-3 down in the first inning, but hits to Noah Okeil, Joel Trevaskis and Andrew Laws in the third frame saw two runs scored, and the deficit cut to 2-3.
But, it was all the opposition the rest of the way, as Gawler failed to collect another hit, while Henley piled on 11 more runs in the final three innings.
This week’s 3pm Sunday game at Karbeethan Reserve should draw a big crowd, as the Rangers attempt to get some reward for their competitiveness in their first season of division two baseball.
Meanwhile, Gawler’s women had another good win on Friday night, beating Port Adelaide 15-4.
This Friday, the Rangers play the Rams in the final minor round game, with an opportunity to grab the double chance if results fall the right way.
Win or lose, Gawler’s women are playing finals and are a premiership chance, after winning eight of their 10 games to date in their inaugural season.
Against Port Adelaide, Sarah Jameson had a big day with the bat, picking up three hits, including a three-run home run, which gave her six RBIs for the game.
Lastly, Gawler’s under 11s beat Golden Grove Central Districts 12-9, on the back of two good batting innings and two good pitching frames.
In the five-run first inning, Cadel arter hit a two-run single, while in the third dig Joshua Paton hit a two-run triple and Bethany Lee had a two-run hit.
Rangers pitchers Deakin Filko, in the first frame, and Carter, in the second, held the opposition scoreless, although both loaded the bases but collected three strikeouts each to defuse any danger.
DIVISION TWO: Gawler Rangers | Henley & Grange 2-14
(hits: J. Trevaskis, A. Law, N. Okeil).
DIVISION THREE: Gawler Rangers | Henley & Grange
6-22 (hits: A. Borowski 2, A. Skewes, S. Couzner, B. No le,
J. Mayfi eld, J. Barrot).
DIVISION FOUR: Gawler Rangers | Henley & Grange
3-26 (hits: A. Skewes 2, A. Borowski).
DIVISION SIX: Gawler Rangers | Port Adelaide 1-20 (hits:
S. Picke 2, I. Skewes, M. Podzuweit).
UNDER 17: Gawler Rangers | Henley & Grange 1-18 (hits:
J. Chandler 2, J. Stainer).
UNDER 13: Gawler Rangers | East Torrens 0-17 (hits: B.
Paterson 2, J. Carson, J. Di mar)
UNDER 11: Gawler Rangers d GGCD 12-9 (hits: D. Filko, C.
Carter, J. Paton 2, E. Clarke, M. Baldwin, B. Lee).
WOMEN: Gawler Rangers d Port Adelaide 15-4 (hits: S.
Jamieson 3 (hr), L. S rling, T. Fielder).