Redland Rays take premiership

CHAMPIONS: The Redland Rays Masters won the 2018-19 premiership.
CHAMPIONS: The Redland Rays Masters won the 2018-19 premiership.

Redland Rays Masters are the 2018/19 premiers after an exciting win against Pine Rivers Rapids at Bray Park last Monday night. Both pitchers, Kris Rowe (Redlands) and Lucas Woodrow (Rapids) were dominant in the first three innings with no safe hits recorded and no runs scored.

Rapids scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning and Redlands replied with singles by Stephen Schneider, Adam Pearce, Greg Joce, Kris Rowe and Craige Johnson and a double by Corey Dean to end the inning at 8-3 to Redlands.

Rapids effort to score runs in the top of the fifth inning was countered by excellent pitching by Adam Pearce, who struck out two batters, and top fielding by Mark Holden who disposed of the third batter to end the game with the win.

It was a great all-round effort by Redlands who were top of the Masters South ladder for the entire season. Rays Masters last won the premiers trophy in the 2012/13 season. After the game, Rays team representative, Corey Dean, said "Never give up! Never, never give up."

Although the season has now ended, Rays members are still working hard to maintain and prepare the grounds for the upcoming 12-14 years School Boys Baseball State Titles which will be held at Redlands from Saturday April 27 til Tuesday April 30.

Two successful working bees were held this week to paint the dugouts and level the diamonds after the recent rain. Sincere thanks go to local businesses Bunnings, Taubmans Paints, and Multi Hire who donated workers, paint, brushes, rollers and scaffolding to enable the club to improve the fields and prepare for the tournament.

Club president, Brad Hamson, said "As our highly successful 2018/19 season is now finished on the field, our members, committee and donations from companies such as Bunnings, Taubmans and Multi Hire help us to continue to work hard off the field to make our club even better as we prepare for a bigger and better season in 2019/20." 

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