GREEN SOX HIT STRAPS

NT News - - MAD MONDAY - GREY MOR­RIS

PINT will de­fend its Dar­win Base­ball League A-grade crown af­ter a work­man­like 5-1 win over Night­cliff in yes­ter­day’s qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal.

The Green Sox got out to an early 3-0 lead and de­spite a come­back of sorts by the Tigers when they closed to within two runs mid­way through the match, PINT still won com­fort­ably.

Two runs in the top of the ninth in­ning and a last in­ning shutout from pitcher James Good­worth sealed an­other grand fi­nal match-up with their peren­nial play­off ri­vals Tracy Vil­lage.

“We played well of­fen­sively and de­fen­sively,’’ Green Sox out­fielder and club pres­i­dent Neil Munro told the NT News.

“James was su­perb from the pitch­ing mound all day, keep­ing the Night­cliff bats cold and we backed him up in the field which is what you are sup­posed to do.’’

PINT will have two sides in grand fi­nals af­ter their B-grade beat Tracy Vil­lage 3-2 in ex­tra in­nings in their qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal. The late fin­ish meant the A-grade fi­nal started half an hour late, but Munro and his team­mates were un­con­cerned at late times­lots af­ter their win.

“It’s a great ef­fort by the club to have two sides in grand fi­nals next week, even more so when you look at the heavy player loss we took be­fore the sea­son started and num­ber of in­juries we copped,’’ Munro said. “But the Pin­ters spirit came through in the end, as it al­ways does when the pres­sure is on.’’

Game 1 of the cham­pi­onship play­off is sched­uled for Tracy Vil­lage Field from 7pm on Fri­day. Games 2 and 3, if re­quired, are sched­uled for 3pm and 7pm on Sun­day.

Pic­ture: PATRINA MALONE

James Good­worth un­winds for PINT dur­ing the 5-1 win over Night­cliff in yes­ter­day’s Dar­win Base­ball League qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal at Tracy Vil­lage. PINT will now play Tracy Vil­lage in the grand fi­nal

Pic­ture: PATRINA MALONE

James Good­worth set to steal a base for PINT in the Dar­win Base­ball League qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal against Night­cliff Tigers yes­ter­day. God­worth was also su­perb on the pitch­ing mound

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