Boomerangs’ late turnaround shocks Sox

BOOMERANGS came back from the dead to beat White Sox 4-3 at Stevenson Park in the opening round of the Newcastle baseball season on Sunday.
Nanjing Night Net

Down 3-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth, pinch hitter Ben Maytom secured the win with a walk-off double to right field. Maytom’s strike, his second for the game, scored two and gave the home side the lead for the first time.

STRONG START: Leigh Halpin

White Sox were in control for most of the match thanks to a masterful pitching effort from Leigh Halpin.Halpin threw a no-hitter through seven digs with Sox holding a 3-0 lead when he left the game.

* BELMONT kicked off the new season where they left off in 2015, beating Phoenix Charlestown 14-10 at Windsor Park on Sunday.

The Seagulls defeated Phoenix 6-2 in last year’s grand final to claim their eighth straight top-grade title. The task doesn’t get any easier for Phoenix in their next match when they take on Toronto at Waterboard Oval on Sunday.

The Tigers have not hit the diamond since their upset 4-2 loss to Phoenix in last season’s preliminary final.

Boomerangs host Belmont in the other round two fixture as White Sox have the bye.

* THEnew schedule for the 2016 Newcastle Baseball Association season was hailed a success over the opening weekend.In past seasons three senior games were played at the one venue on both Saturdays and Sundays.

This year first and second grade play back to back on Sunday. Third grade is grouped with fourths on Saturday, while fifths and sixths play consecutively at a different ground on Saturday.

The juniors kick off proceedings each day in a bidto foster the relationship between the junior and senior competitions.

If Sunday’s game at Windsor Park is any indication then it can only be positive for the sport in the region with plenty of youngsters and their parents sticking around to see the top graders in action.

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