Swans gallant in defeat
Baseball was a one-game affair last Saturday after the day game between Sharks and Pirates resulted in a forfeit as Sharks failed to fill a side, with Pirates earning the points, 7-0.
The game under lights saw Brewers take on Swans, with underdogs Swans putting up an unexpected fight but unable to topple the season frontrunners, with Brewers claiming the narrow win 15-13.
Swans sprang into action early, having a two-run lead over Brewers by the end of the second inning. It was a short- lived lead as scores evened out by the third to 10 runs a side.
Seeing their winning streak could be in jeopardy, Brewers seized the opportunity to get ahead in the fourth by bringing in four runners, while shutting Swans out with nil.
There were no changes to the scores in the fifth inning, while in the sixth there was a small comeback by Swans, who brought in three runs to Brewers’ one, but were unable to get in front within remaining time.
Topping the batting stats for Brewers at the weekend was Sven Arentz, with four singles from five plate appearances.
Arentz also had an impressive six runs batted in for his team. The only other RBIs were from Jesse Baron, who had three from one double and three singles.
Teammates and Brewers young guns Josh Glasson and Brendan Bush also had hits, Glasson with four singles and Bush with two.
Swans’ Anthony Baker topped the batting list for his team, with two RBIs from three singles. Fellow players Peter Starling, Jeff Edwards and Liam Gangell all contributed one RBI each, all from single hits.
Pitching was a shared effort for Brewers, beginning with Luke Bush, who struck out three Swans, while brother Brendan followed in the third inning, sending a total of seven batters back to the bench.
The match was closed by Fred Lindberg in the seventh inning.
Swans’ Peter Starling went the whole distance from the mound, earning three strikeouts from six innings.
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