THERE was a lot to like about the way Gawler Rangers played against highly- ranked Sturt in division two baseball on Saturday – that was until a bunch of errors late in the game saw the team lose 4-14.
In the first inning, Gawler grabbed the lead 2-0 after Joel Trevaskis singled, Josh Lands tripled and Andrew Law had an RBI hit.
Sturt started to get away after three runs in the third and two in the fourth, to go 2-6 ahead, but the Rangers scored a pair of runs in the fifth dig to get back into the contest.
Pinch hitter Jack Barrot led off with a single, before consecutive hits to Trevaskis, Lands and Law filled the side with confidence.
But Sturt scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth and blasted five runs in the sixth to seal the result.
In total, Gawler made six errors to gift Sturt seven runs, which made a huge difference to the score-line.
Starting pitcher Lands was solid in three innings of work, conceding three hits, and also shone at short stop when moved, making four plays to first base for outs.
Raiden Wakefield had a good game at second.
Meanwhile, Gawler’s women continued a great inaugural season with a 10-4 win over Goodwood – the side’s fifth victory from seven games.
A big Jess Maslin home run, and another two runs coming home on Cindy Tucker’s error-forcing hit, gave the Rangers a 3-0 start.
Then, in the second frame, Sarah Jamieson lined a two-run hit to right-field, as Gawler went 6-0 up, before Goodwood fought back with four runs in the third dig.
Another long Maslin home run helped Gawler seal the result with a four-run final inning.