Brahman Bulls and Red Sox Red fought out an exciting 2-2 draw in one of the games of the Wagga Baseball season at Jubilee Park on Sunday.
It was a classic pitchers duel as Aaron Ritchie (six strikeouts and four hits) and James Hutchinson (12 strikeouts and four hits) went head to head.
The only runs that were scored for both teams actually came through fielding errors.
Simon Jamieson recorded two singles for the Bulls, with Jayden McDonald and Brad Yates getting the only other single hits.
For Red Sox, Shoun Piper recorded a double and single, while Tony Simmons and Justin O’Kane produced the only other hits.
It was an exciting game to watch with the Bulls scoring a run in the final innings to secure the draw. They almost got the win but Red Sox worked out of jam with runners at second and third base to end the game.
In the other game on Sunday, Red Sox Blue won an entertaining contest with Jackals 16-11.
Red Sox came out strong in the first innings and produced eight hits. They were able to take advanatge of a few Jackals errors to open up a 10-run lead.
This early outburst set the tone for the rest of the game with Red Sox scoring six more runs over their final three turns at bat.
The Jackals mounted a late rally to try and tie or win the game but came up short in the end.
Andrew Clark pitched valiantly for the Jackals, going the distance against a strong opposition line-up.
Dan Hunter led with the bat with two hits (a single and a double), while Mark Whittacker and Ron Anderson both also picked up doubles.
On the Red Sox side of the ledger, Mark Sleaman pitched well to start the game, aided by two double plays produced by the defence behind him.
Chris Nesbitt came on to pitch for the first time in the final innings and went well also.
As a team, Red Sox batted well, with highlights provided by Mark Sleaman, Scott Hawkins (three singles each) and Mark Alcorn with a single and double.