GREEN SOX HIT STRAPS
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.
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
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