GAWLER Rangers’ juniors started the baseball finals with mixed results – the under 13s defeated Goodwood 18-3, while the under 15s lost 13-16 to Southern Districts.
The under 13s kept the pressure on early by scoring three, four and five runs, respectively, in the first three innings, while conceding just one run to Goodwood in the process.
Boyd Worden hit a big double in the first frame and a two-run home run in the third, while Jy Dittmar and Nick O’Connor began the second with hits to start the ball rolling.
Worden was also the winning pitcher, starting the game by conceding a hit before collecting 10 consecutive K2s to finish with 12 in 4.2 innings – for just one hit.
The game ended with a double play, from shortstop Worden to Caleb Burrows at second base and on to Alkira Prior at first base.
Meanwhile, it was tight throughout the under-15 game, with scores locked at 13-13 entering the final inning, but South managed three unanswered runs to win 16-13.
Highlights included Morris O’Handley’s RBI hits in the first, third and fourth innings, Boyce White’s big double in the fifth, and Clayton Burrow’s RBI in the sixth to help tie the ball game.
Jack Tearle was solid on the mound, pitching 4.1 innings for eight hits and 12 K2s.
The under 13s play at home again this Sunday, with the prize for winning being the right to host the grand final the following week.
If the under 15s are the highest-ranked losing team in the finals, the side will play at Henley & Grange on Sunday.