Shoalhaven Mariners Major 2nd Grade
With the closure of Thomas Dalton Park at Fairy Meadow, The Northern Pirates 2nd grade side travelled to Ison Park to take on the Shoalhaven Mariners on Saturday morning. The Mariners have had the wood on the Pirates in recent memory, but the two sides played out a draw in their last meeting.
In first inning action the Mariners were up to bat first and were a threat with 2 on and 2 out, but were retired with no score.
In reply the Pirates put bat on ball forcing Mariners fielding errors and were able to score their first run by way of a wild pitch from Mariners hurler Dan Kelly.
Dominant pitching kept both sides scoreless through the second inning, bringing Mariners up to bat at the top of the 3rd. Some good hitting from the top of the line-up allowing Mariners to tie the game up at one a piece.
At the bottom of the 3rd The Pirates had some good hitting of their own from the top of their line-up. Corey Rower crossing to take the lead back before the side was retired.
The lead wouldn't last long for the Pirates as former Pirate Kieran Harris homered over the fence in right field for Mariners. Marcus Atkinson also crossed putting the Mariners into the lead for the first time in the game.
Top of the 4th inning now and Mariners pitcher Dan Kelly would go on to shut out the Pirates through the next 4 innings facing just one more than the minimum.
Mariners hitters weren't done for the day adding 2 additional runs, one in the 5th and one in the 6th inning, taking the final score to 5-2 - a good win for Mariners.
Kelly pitched well going 7 innings throwing 103 pitches, 69 for strikes, with 4 strikeouts, giving up just 3 hits and 4 walks.
Mariners' stand-out hit of the day went to Kieran Harris for his home run, Kai Meuronen had the only 2 base hit of the day with singles going to Marcus Atkinson (2), Stuart Raymond, Dan Kelly, Michael Vine, Sam De Meyer and Gabe Tate.
Mariners retain their spot on top of the ladder and will face the second-placed Cardinals next week at Hector Harvey field Dapto.
Shoalhaven Mariners Minor 2nd Grade
With most of the games called off around the Illawarra due to field closures from poor weather conditions, Mariners managed to get their field up to scratch to host the Northern Pirates at Ison Park on Sunday.
Mariners took the field first with Andrew Pearson on the mound showing his dominance, with no runs scored in the first innings.
Mariners bats started slow, then after Matthew Moore was hit by a pitched ball and reached base safely, Brodie O'Reilly produced a nice hit to centre field allowing Mariners to score 1 run.
The second inning was dominated by both pitchers with both sides having 3 up and 3 down. The third inning was Pearson's best, striking out all 3 batters and in reply Mariners bats fired up producing 5 safe hits bringing in 5 runs.
In the fourth inning Pirates tried to stage a comeback with the assistance of errors in the field, Pirates gaining 3 runs. Bottom of the fourth innings Mariners continued their batting performance bringing in another 4 runs with 4 safe hits.
The next 3 innings the scorers weren't troubled from either side, with Mariners going on to win the game 10-3.
Andrew Pearson pitched a full game with 92 pitches 61 strikes and 8 strikeouts for an outstanding performance.
Leith Grant had a great catching performance also taking 2 catcher caught stealing's.
The only double hit of the game went to Brodie O'Reilly with singles going to Austin Raymond (2), Matthew Moore (2), Brodie O'Reilly (2), Leith Grant (2), Andrew Pearson (2) , Brian Cremin and Shawn Carr.
Shoalhaven Mariners Minor 3rd Grade
Mariners Minor 3rd grade started the day off on Sunday at Ison Park taking on the Northern Pirates.
Mariners started the game off fielding with Pirates having 2 nice safe hits along with some nice fielding from Mariners Tausia Antonio, Amber Palmer and Chris Palmer with Pirates gaining 3 runs. Mariners bats forced some errors in the field for Pirates allowing Mariners to bring in 2 runs.
The second inning saw Pirates have another 2 hits gaining another 2 runs across with David Crowley taking a nice catch in centre field and Kalysta Palmer making a nice play at third base, with Mariners' only hit for the second inning going to Chris Keith.
The third inning was fairly tight with Pirates having only 1 safe hit bringing 1 run in and in reply Mariners had 4 safe hits bringing in 3 runs.
The fourth inning Mariners started to struggle, switching the pitching around and Pirates batted through their batting line up nearly twice bringing in 11 runs with 5 safe hits. To finish Mariners had to work hard, batting through their line up and having 5 safe hits with 3 across. David Crowley made the last play of the game which resulted in a solo double play taking 2 outs himself after fielding the ball, tagging the runner then running back to first base to take the second out. Mariners bats came out strong having 5 safe hits.
Catching duties went to Anthony Burgess who also made a catcher caught stealing.
Tausia Antonia pitched 3 innings, 84 pitches, 50 strikes and 2 strikeouts. Mariners then had newcomers to the mound, David Crowley and Chris Keith step up and share an innings.
Mariners only double hit of the game went to Tausia Antonio and singles to Amber Palmer (2), Shaun Carr (2), Anthony Burgess (2), Tausia Antonio, Tony Provest, Chris Keith and Kalysta Palmer.