Deja vu for Redbacks v Mammoths
These 2 met in the opening games of the season and a split ensued. Today was a very similar repeat with similar scoring.
Game 1 – Redbacks 3-1 Mammoths
Redbacks started the ever improving pitcher Scott Brampton and the Mammoths, sporting 2 x NBL pitchers for the tie, started young Eli Hackney-Rose. The mammoths took a 1 run lead in the 1st after a lead off walk by Wampler followed by an RBI double from Cavanagh. Redbacks couldn’t respond and it then became a pitching duel with great fielding from both sides. the 0-1 score stayed that way till the bottom 5th when the young Hackney Rose let the slim lead go with Armando Guzman singling, a walk, and then Dimitar Markov driving in the run. 1-1 top of the 6th and Brampton does a 3 up 3 down inning with 2 strike outs. Mammoths changed their pitcher for Brian Dearing and Redbacks capitalised. Stuart Harper-Horn immediately singled, followed by Scott Brampton. Stuart advanced to 3rd on a fielders choice to 2nd base after super sub Adam Commons smashed a ball to the shortstop. The leading run was hit in by Kenny Mackenzie and Adam advanced to 3rd on the throw. An insurance run was added by Adam with a wild pitch. Mammoths didn’t go down without a fight. Bottom 7 and with a man on and 2 out it all got a bit squeeky bum as Brampton walked 2 to load the bases. One good hit could have killed the game, but the hit was a pop up to 1st base.
Game 2 – Redbacks 0-11
Mammoths had brought Maxwell Tyler to the mound and Arno Hardeveld who had not been available for 4 weeks started for the Redbacks. This time the Mammoths got away very quickly plating 4 runs in the first and 1 in each of the next two innings. Redbacks could not respond. It settled down for a few inning before another 3 runs came the Mammoths way. James Cain and Stuart Harper-Horn combined to finish the last inning with another 2 runs given up. Redbacks had 6 hits over the game but never in succession to do any damage. Maxwell Tyler struck out 15 and only issued 1 walk. Michael Anunobi smashed 2 monstrous homers for the Mammoths with Yves Schwarzbart adding another.
Game 1 was simply amazing to watch as both teams were at their best defensively. Scott has continued to improve on the mound and this outing proves he will be a great pitcher. I feel for Arno, as the scoreline is a little harsh compared to how he pitched. It was a good effort but the Mammoths just woke their bats for game 2. Considering we faced 2 x NBL pitchers today, I consider it a success to get a win out of the weekend. We have shown what we are capable of. The Mammoths as always are a nice bunch to play against.