FOUR runs in the first inning provided the platform for the Traralgon Redsox’s 18-4 victory over the Sale Rangers during round 14 of Latrobe Valley baseball.
At Stephenson Park on Sunday, the Redsox stormed to a 4-0 lead in the first innings before adding a fifth run to begin the second. The Rangers replied with four runs to complete the second innings.
The Redsox scored runs in the third and fourth, before adding nine and two in the sixth and seventh respectively.
The Redsox recorded 20 hits, including five from Owen Godenzi, while seven errors and having only three hits didn’t help the Rangers’ cause.
Rangers president Justin Johnston stood-out for the hosts, managing two hits from three at-bats.
The B grade match was also one-sided, with the Redsox batting in 14 runs in the second inning to set-up their 21-3 victory.
Most Rangers found it hard to get bat on ball, losing the hit count 21-5, while Reuben Ellis managed to get two hits from two at-bats. Rohan Hector only gave up five hits from this 3.1 innings pitched.
Traralgon won the C grade contest 16-9. The Redsox scored six runs in the first inning before consolidating with another five in the fourth.
It was a day to forget for Rangers pitcher Adam Jackson, conceding five home runs and only managing three strike-outs, but Brodie Bromley provided a highlight by belting a grand slam over right field in the second inning.
In the under 16s, the Rangers won 15-10. Scores were tied at 10-10 going into the bottom of the third before the Rangers got five runs batted in.
The day began with the Redsox’s under 13s overpowering Sale 14-4, with Bailee McKenzie’s two from two a highlight for the home side.
Elsewhere in A grade, a five-run fifth inning helped the Moe-Newborough Dodgers defeat South Gippsland 6-1, while Churchill had the bye.
Sale will have the bye this weekend in A grade, while its other teams will play at Morwell. Moe-Newborough will host Churchill and South Gippsland will travel to Traralgon.