Saints def Indians 5-2
Dean Miller led his team to victory, in a man of the match winning performance.
Starting the game in right field, Miller came on in relief in the third inning.
He completely dominated the Indian batters with nine strike outs, while also contributing in the batter's box with two safe hits.
The Indians started the game well, scoring in the first inning when catcher Josip Bozanic lined an opposite field single off of the Saints starting pitcher Jayden Blewitt.
The fleet footed Bozanic scampered home from second base thanks to a sharply hit single into centre field by Kieran Vermuelen.
The Saints were held scoreless in the first two innings due to the good pitching of Justin Jenkins, who forced the Saints batters to hit into routine infield outs.
Brad Campain, and the Bilney brothers Kingsley and Wesley were rock solid in support of their pitcher.
When the Saints took to the field, a few eyebrows were raised at the unusual sight of a left-handed short stop.
Liam Dennis erased all doubts and rose to the challenge by assisting in six important outs.
In the top of the third inning Dean Miller led off with a line drive to left field.
Shaun Lever followed up by hitting a towering two run homer over the left fielder's head.
Trailing by one run, the Indians fought back to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth.
Cohen Dinnison started the inning with a walk, his base-running pressure forced the Saints catcher into making two costly throwing errors which allowed Dinnison to score from third base.
In the top of the fifth the Saints wrestled back the lead for good.
Dean Miller led off once again, and reached first base on an outfield error. He then stole second and third base, easily scoring on a well-timed single to right field by Jayden Blewitt.
In the bottom of the fifth the Saints were leading by the score of 3-2. With one out, Josip Bozanic tried to stretch a single into a double.
Base umpire Simon Smith was in the perfect position to make the call in a very close play. An outstanding throw by right fielder Jayden Blewitt gave his team the second out of the inning and more importantly, took the momentum out of the Indians rally.
The Saints adding two more insurance runs in the last inning. Brenton Harvey led off with his third safe hit of the game, completing a perfect three for three in the batter's box.
Harvey advanced to third with some intelligent base running, and later scored on a Mitchell Roberts single into centre field.
In a fitting finale, Broden Dennis scored the Saints last run off of a double hit deep into centre field by the Indians nemesis, Dean Miller.
Best Batters for Indians were Josip Bozanic and Kurt Semmler who both went two for three.
Best batters for Saints were Brenton Harvey, three for three, Dean Miller, two safe hits and one run batted in and Shaun Lever, one home run and two runs batted in.
Indians pitcher Justin Jenkins recorded two strike outs and only allowed one walk.
Saints starting pitcher Jayden Blewitt struck out two, with no walks. Winning pitcher Dean Miller recorded nine strike outs, allowed one walk and had one hit batter.
Totals: Saints 5 runs 8 hits 4 errors. Indians 2 runs 7 hits 1 error.
Indians def Saint 9-7
In the B grade game, Indians batted through the line up in the last inning to snatch a 9-7 victory.
Umpires K. Jenkins and S. Lever worked well together in a game marred by dropped catches, basic base running blunders and inept base coaching by both sides.
Failing to tag up, the Saints scored just one run in the first inning, even though they had three safe hits.
One of those hits was a spectacular home run by young Kallen Fowler.
Playing in only his second game of baseball, Fowler followed up on his impressive three for three dream debut game with another gem of a performance this week.
The Indians took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first , thanks to the batting of Jenkins and Campain.
In the top of the second , the Saints exploded with seven safe hits and five runs to regain the lead at 6-2.
The Indians clawed back two more runs in the bottom of the third to stay in touch.
The defensive highlight of the inning was a spectacular catch in right field by Saints Jaciel Diaz, to rob Wesley Bilney of a certain extra base hit.
Short stops from both teams found themselves under the hammer throughout the game.
A combined nine safe hits were recorded in what can only be described as a severe shortage of red pencils by the benevolent scorer.
The Saints managed to tack on one more run in the top of the fourth, but were unable to score in the last inning of the game when the Indians took control.
Both teams batted well for a combined 16 runs and 25 hits.
If the Saints can take anything away from this loss, it is the clutch hitting by the bottom of the order batters Marcus Dennis, Jaciel Diaz, Ramon Dennis and Cameron Izzo.
Coming up to bat in their last inning, the Indians were trailing 7-4.
They blasted eight hits, scoring five runs, and have given the Saints plenty to work on at training this week.
Best batters for Saints, Liam Dennis, 3 for 3 with 2 runs batted in, Paul Dennis, 2 for 3 with 2 runs batted in., Kallen Fowler, 2 for 3, including 1 home run and Chris Hester, 2 for 3 with 1 run batted in.
For Indians, Josip Bozanic, 3 for 3 with 3 runs batted in, Justin Jenkins, 3 for 3 with 2 runs batted in, Ashlee Willshire, 2 for 3 with one run batted in and Brad Campain, two runs batted in.
Totals: Indians 9 runs 12 hits 0 errors. Saints 7 runs, 13 hits, 1 error.
In this weeks Friday night games Indians face Coyotes at Ravendale and the Saints travel to North Shields to play the Tigers.
B grade starts at 7:20pm, A grade at 9pm. Admission is free and full catering facilities are available. Exciting baseball under lights as all four teams fight for finals positioning.