DESPITE a lost day due to the wet weather, the Australian Senior League Championship got underway at Albert Park Baseball Complex yesterday, and some contenders got their campaigns off to the best possible start.
The first game of the day saw the Gold Coast Cougars fire early and often, and defeated the Eastern Athletics 12-7 in their first appearance at the Australian Senior League Championship. Jett Hasegawa showed maturity and composure beyond his years for the Cougars, picking up four RBI from his three hits which set the tone and sent his team on the way to victory. Ryschan Thompson also hit well for the Cougars, picking up two hits.
Despite a late comeback from Victorian State Champions, the Cougars held on to claim their first win of the tournament.
Speaking after the game, Cougars manager Dave Bishop was pleased with his team’s start at the championship, especially starting pitcher Liam Moes.
“Moes did a great job for us today,” Bishop said.
“He set the tone for us and really threw the ball well.”
The reigning champion Southern Mariners got off to the best possible start and got over the line against a determined Greater Western Baseball Association.
The Mariners started the stronger, piling on six runs in the opening innings, but to Greater Western’s credit, they came back and challenged.
In their first appearance at any Australian Championship, Greater Western scored seven of the last nine runs to only fall 8-6 in a high quality ballgame.
In a battle between two contenders, the Adelaide Armada snuck home in a hotly contested ballgame.
The Armada were led by Curtis Mead, with the Australian Under-18 representative picking up three hits and two RBI.
Mead were forced to finish the game on the mound for the Armada also, as Macarthur scored four runs in the final innings, however the damage was done as the Armada managed to sneak home 9-6.
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