After a mixed bag of weather over the weekend, Monday night provided a small window of good weather for an upper table clash between the Brawlers and the Angels. With a possible third place finish in their crosshairs, Jay Slevin and Jonny Craven’s team needed two good results in their last games. On this particular evening however, the potent Brawlers offence showed just why they swept through the league last season.
Almost a month removed from their last competitive game, the Halos started well, Melvin Woods lashing a line drive to right field and, proving he is as quick as he is powerful, easily lapping the diamond. It wouldn’t be Woods’ only roundtripper of the evening.
With Jonny Craven taking on the pitching duties himself, the Brawlers would answer back with a home run of their own to tie the game. At these early stages it appeared that a pitcher’s duel was imminent. Unfortunately for the Halos, the Brawlers exploded for six quick runs to stretch out their lead; a two shot blast from Melvin Woods would keep the visitors within touching distance.
Another burst from the Brawlers countered by another home run from Woods (Colin this time) saw the score at 12-4 but the Angels would not be denied another comeback. Showing great discipline at the plate the visitors would claw the score back to 12-9 but the Brawlers had one final push themselves.
Moving into the last inning 20-10 down, another 2-run home run from Melvin Woods would spur the Halos but the hole was just too big to climb out of. 20-12 the final – the Angels will look back at defensive errors in the field just giving them too much to do at the plate.
This weekend sees the Northstars and the Hornets on the road as the 2015 season winds down. The Stars travel to Cavan to take on the Comets in a double header that will see two teams jostling for the third place in the Baseball Ireland B League North.
Leading 2-1 in the season series, Darwin Sanchez’ team
by Neil Boyd
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