PADRES WEEK 14 WRAP | DIV 2 SAVE WEEKEND | GREG SUTHERLAND FIRST HOMERUN
It seemed Padres' senior teams struggled to put their long weekend on hold for this weekend's series as Division 2 recorded the Club's only win.
Musketeers turned up the heat on Friday night, starting their game in the 4th with a six-run dig. The opposition recorded 12 hits including two homeruns to seal the win 11-5. Padres did manage to bat their way through the majority of their lineup but the team lacked rallies at critical times. Daiki Miura again topped the offence with two hits including a solo-shot homerun while Jack Barrie also picked up two and Danny Dunsdon a double.
The Musketeers remained hot Sunday afternoon, heading into the bottom of the 7th with a 9-0 lead. Padres hit back with four runs but Musketeers matched it in the next dig, eventually taking the game 13-7. Again, the home side were not short of hits but struggled with timing, leaving 10 runners stranded. Most of the team had multiple hits with both Miura and Jay Myers collecting doubles while starting pitcher, Jason Kilby, claimed a homerun.
Division 2 had a happier ending for the Red & Grey, as they managed a convincing 13-2 victory over the Ipswich side. Dallas Wakefield collected the win on the mound as Declan Stevens closed the final inning neatly. Every player in the lineup had a safe hit with Stevens, Liam O'Hea and Dylan Raines snagging two apiece, one of Rainsey's being a triple.
Division 3 went down to Surfers Paradise 10-2.
Division 4 missed three of their hitters in their match against a strong Rapids team, going down on the road. Their story seemed to follow that of Division 1, as the majority of players collected safe hits but the team failed to rally, seeing two innings with loaded bases only to have hard hit line drives converted into double plays. Despite the loss, Yuki Greinkeimpressed in his debut match behind the dish andJarrod Stanke maintained composure on the mound in his closing effort.
Division 5 travelled to Indians Baseball Club and although they did not come away with the win, they showed great improvement as a team since last facing Indians, who in the first round smashed them by 20 runs. This time Padres kept the run difference to just six with some good pitching, fielding and batting. Special shoutout to Greg Sutherland who got his first home run putting it well over the Indians left field fence and Darren ‘Oscar’ Stratford with a stand-up double and triple to bring in 4 RBI’s!