THE Sale Rangers lost to the Moe-Newborough Dodgers 13-3 during the third round of Latrobe Valley baseball.
The Rangers battled hard all day before a strong Dodgers team ran over the top on Sunday.
The visitors began with four runs in the first innings before the Rangers got one back in the third.
Both teams scored two runs in the fourth innings. Moe-Newborough scored three in seventh and four in the eighth after a couple of errors.
Best for Sale were Will Hector, who had two hits from three at-bats, Tristan Standing, one from four, and Lachlan Wrigglesworth, who was outstanding in the field.
In Sunday’s other A grade match, Churchill defeated South Gippsland 10-7.
IN B grade, the Moe-Newborough batters were the difference, only giving up three strike-outs for the game.
The Dodgers scored three runs in the first innings, four in the second, two in the third and three in the fifth. Sale took a bit to get going, scoring a run in the first and third innings before adding eight in the fourth, but failing to get a base runner in the fifth.
The return of Patrick Donoghue and Tom Munn boosted the side, while Jack Neesham crossed the plate three times.
SALE got its first win for the season in C grade.
After conceding four runs in the first innings, the Rangers slowed the Dodgers, only giving up one run in the next three.
The Rangers began slowly, only getting a run in the first before scoring five and four runs in the second and third innings respectively.
Moe-Newborough scored seven in the fifth, but it was time and game. Sale didn’t get to bat in the fifth, so the scores went to the end of the fourth, giving the Rangers a 10-5 win.
The Rangers’ best were Tom Lobly, who hit a home run, pitcher Adam Jackson, and Pip Johnston, who scored three times from three walks.
THE Sale under 16 team began its season with a 14-4 victory.
Kade Eicke, hit two from two and caught well, Joel Hector went two from three, and Jack Neesham, was one from one with two walks.
IN the under 13s, Sale got the points for a Moe-Newborough forfeit.
THE Rangers train on Wednesday nights, with juniors between 4.30pm and 5.30pm, and seniors from 6pm.
The club is looking for more six to 10-year-olds for its T-ball team.