BIG HITTER: Darran O’Connell winds up for a big hit.Shoalhaven Mariners pitcher, Ray Furlong, had a starring performance as the Mariners took on the Dapto Chiefs last weekend.Furlong had three hits, including an inside-the-park grand slam home run. An inside-the-park home run is rare but with three runners already on base, was a unique feat that had not been seen in Illawarra Baseball League for a long time.Shoalhaven was unlucky to come away from the match 17-14 losers in the third grade matchup.
Hits were plentiful for the Mariners. Joining Furlong with three hits was veteran, Greg Butfield. Dom Lewer found some form in the batters box, going 2/4. Hits also went to Murray Lugg, Jordan Butfield, Matt Forster and Rocky Ninovic.Second Grade was again disappointing as errors returned. Only three Shoalhaven players had hits with Scott Deakes, Michael Taylor and Darran O’Connell each reaching base. O’Connell was again solid on the mound, relieving Jai Pike half way through the match.It was a short handed Shoalhaven team that took to the park in first grade.Only four fresh players started the match, the rest were forced to double up from seconds after work, family and other commitments keeping the majority of the team away.Jackson Lewer, Mick Talty, Michael Taylor and Eryn Shipp each had hits for Shoalhaven.Some great individual performances from inexperienced players allowed Shoalhaven to take some positives from the 22-nil loss.Aaron Taylor took an outstanding catch in the outfield after entering the game in the fourth inning.Dom Lewer pitched the seventh and struck out a Chiefs hitter while keeping them scoreless. Both these players are regular third grade players who were forced to come in as replacements during the game.Shoalhaven head to Cardinals this weekend looking for a big win in third and second grades with first having already defeated them this year.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.