Brewers’ Brackin brings best

Sarah ZiegelaarNorth West Telegraph

Round 4 of the Port Hedland Baseball competition was held last Saturday, with the early afternoon game ending before it began as Swans failed to field a side against Pirates.

Under lights, Brewers showed no mercy against Sharks, taking the match 24-2 in five innings.

Brewers’ Kenny Brackin led the charge from the batter’s box, going four from five with two singles and two doubles, earning his team two RBIs.

Teammates Brendan Bush and Jesse Barron each contributed three hits from four plate appearances, with Bush bringing in three RBIs from singles while Barron added two runs from two singles and a double.

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Fred Lindberg held out until the last inning, sending the ball over the fence to claim the game’s only home run.

Lindberg also contributed a total of four RBIs to the Brewers’ dominating run tally.

Sharks struggled to gain momentum from the plate with single hits coming from Aaron Derschow, Ian Beale and Brendon Van Heneelkara. Beale managed the only RBI for his team from a double. Pitching was a shared affair on both sides, with Brewers starting their defence with Dylan Brown, who sent five Sharks back to the bench.

Bush followed Brown on from the third inning to close the match, proving hard to handle with eight strikeouts in total. Sharks’ Ian Beale took to the mound first, earning a single strikeout in just over a single dig. Thomas Pudney pitched for the majority of the game, also earning the most strikeouts for Sharks with four.

Closing the game was Zac Mokta, who matched Beale’s effort, sending one batter back to the dugout from one inning. This Saturday, Sharks will take on a still-fresh Pirates side at 4.30pm, while Swans look for redemption against powerhouse Brewers at 7.30pm.

Game times and season information can be found on the Port Hedland Baseball Association Facebook page.

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