Rangers’ de­ci­sive win

Toowoomba brings up a huge 25-run vic­tory

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The Toowoomba Rangers have sounded out their fi­nals hopes with a dev­as­tat­ing 25-0 de­feat of Red­cliffe on Sun­day.

Play­ing in their first home game since Oc­to­ber 21, the Rangers showed how com­fort­able they were at Com­mon­wealth Oval, never giv­ing the third-placed vis­i­tors a chance.

The win moves the side into fifth spot on the GBL divi­sion three lad­der, half a win be­hind Wests Bull­dogs and the Padres who dropped to fourth.

A clin­i­cal open­ing in­nings saw the home side race out to a seven-run lead at the bot­tom of the first, and player-coach Daryl Luchter­hand said it was the level of in­ten­sity needed to con­tinue their push for a fi­nals berth.

“We just came out so ag­gres­sive with the bats, it was just out­stand­ing,” Luchter­hand said.

“They were miss­ing some play­ers and pitch­ers ap­par­ently, but we were miss­ing a cou­ple as well.

“We trained really well in the lead-up. We had an in­ter­squad game last Sun­day and our A-graders swung ex­cep­tion­ally well. We trained hard on Thurs­day, swung the bats good and brought it to the game.

“Ev­ery­thing seemed to click for us, and there was a lot of in­tent.

“It was a game we had to win, and now it puts us less than a game be­hind Wests and Red­cliffe in third and fourth. There’s still a lot of hard work to do, but we’ve started the year in the right fash­ion.”

The Rangers were able to pile on runs in each in­nings of the game, keep­ing the Padres shut out in the process.

“If we can start like we did ev­ery week­end against the rest of the op­po­si­tion, we’re go­ing to be mighty hard to beat,” he said.

“We dropped seven runs on them in the first, and we’re qui­etly con­fi­dent with Sam (McNiece) and Daniel (Luchter­hand) at the mound that no team will be able to score more than five runs against us.

“It’s one of the things we spoke about, and our goal has to be able to score at least six runs.

“It was pleas­ing the way we scored ev­ery in­nings. Some­times when you score seven in the open­ing in­nings you can sit back and say the job is done.

“But we came out and scored an­other in the sec­ond, six in the third and 11 in the fourth.”

Lucher­hand praised an over­all team ef­fort for the de­ci­sive vic­tory in keep­ing Red­cliffe score­less.

Toowoomba’s home-stand at Com­mon­wealth Oval is short-lived how­ever, with the Rangers’ next four games on the road, start­ing with the Ca­rina Red­sox Red on Sun­day.

WE’RE QUI­ETLY CON­FI­DENT WITH SAM (MCNIECE) AND DANIEL (LUCHTER­HAND) AT THE MOUND THAT NO TEAM WILL BE ABLE TO SCORE MORE THAN FIVE RUNS AGAINST US.

DARYL LUCHTER­HAND

Pho­tos: Nev Mad­sen

QUALTY HIT: Bren­ton Althaus rounds first base for the Toowoomba Rangers in their huge 25-0 de­feat of Red­cliffe at Com­mon­wealth Oval on Sun­day.

Padre’s Tom West takes eva­sive ac­tion to avoid be­ing struck by a team­mate.

Thomas Hinz of the Red­cliffe Padres looks to make solid con­tact at the plate.

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