Belmont get the jump on Phoenix

20-12-2018 by admin

STRONG START: Belmont pitcher Chris Hook. Picture: Simone De Peak

BELMONT returned to the top of the Newcastle Major League table with a 7-4 win over Phoenix Charlestown at Miller Field on Sunday.

Phoenix went into the game as competition leaders, but the defending eight-time champions came out determined to show they were still top dog in the Hunter.

The Seagulls got on top of Phoenix starter Adam Berwick early and raced to a 4-1 lead after two innings.This forced Phoenix into an early pitching change after Berwick conceded three walks and three hits in two digs.

Belmont pitcherChris Hook lasted six innings, leaving the mound with his side up 7-1.Phoenix found reliever Mark Dries more to their liking, but their comeback fell short.The visitors out-hit Belmont 12-9, but the hosts’blasts came with runners in scoring position.

White Sox continued their march up the ladder, beating Boomerangs 9-2.Boomers were in touch until the eighth, whenan error, five walks and a sacrifice fly ball produced five runs.

It was symptomatic of Boomers’ wayward pitching for the game with their three hurlers throwing 16 walks between them.

In contrast, Sox pitchers Cal Davies and Leigh Halpin did not allow any free trips to first base and combined for nine strikeouts.

Hits were hard to come by for both sides as Boomers collected seven to Sox’s five.

Scott Anderson (Boomers), Brock Ridgewell (Boomers), Travis Searle (Sox) and Clarke struck two hits each.

After starting the season with two losses, Sox have won two straight to move to third, above Toronto, who had the bye last weekend.

Tigers face Phoenix at Windsor Park on Sundayneeding victory to stay in touch with the leaders. They have one win from three games this season.

Boomerangs head south to take on Belmont at Miller Field in Sunday’s other game.

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