THE Sale Rangers showed no mercy on new side the South Gippsland Miners, winning their Latrobe Valley baseball match 23-3.
At Stephenson Park on Sunday, the Rangers scored 19 runs in the first three innings as Will Hector held the Miners bats quiet.
Debutant Aaron Hobledra battled hard on the mound for the Miners but gave up 16 runs and 14 hits before the bullpen was activated.
Andrew Norman had a day out with the bat, having five hits for the Rangers.
Sale was just too strong and while the Miners got some hits and scored three runs the deficit was too much.
Best for the Rangers were Norman, Adam Jackson and Andrew Pembery. Tim Katz, Ricky Knox and Aaron Hobledra were the Miners’ best.
MOE-Newborough defeated Traralgon 5-3 at home in the rematch of last year’s grand final.
The Dodgers opened the scoring with three runs in the first inning thanks to RBI doubles to Mat Luke and Brett Wilson.
The Redsox remained scoreless into the second as the Dodgers added another run on a fielder’s choice.
Pitchers from both sides held the bats quiet for the next five innings until the Redsox bats fired, scoring three runs, the Dodgers responded with one run and held the Redsox scoreless in the ninth to take the win.
Nathan Simpson was commanding on the hill for the Dodgers with eight strike-outs, a walk and allowing only three earned runs in nine innings.
CHURCHILL won at Morwell 11-2.
The Cougars outhit the Braves overall, but left runners on base too often, while the Braves took full advantage with some good aggressive base running to come away with the win.
THIS Sunday, Sale will host Churchill, Morwell will head to Traralgon and Moe-Newborough will be home to South Gippsland.