SHOWING offensive intent from the start, Ormond Glenhuntly finished all over Ballarat Brewers to inflict a 10-6 loss in Summer League baseball on Sunday.
It was the Brewers’ first loss of the year and a quality contest that may well be replicated in the post-season, given that both clubs have gained a clear break at the top of the division three ladder.
Despite the shortage of key players the Brewers started strongly through Tom Harrington and matched the Hunters through the early innings before snatching a two-run break in the eighth as the home side went to Steve Kugele and manager Hamish Burrows in relief.
As it had done all day, Ormond continued to press, picking up a string of extra base hits that drove six runs across the plate in the top of the last for a well-earned victory – albeit something of an upset, given that the Brewers had forced a mercy-rule finish to an earlier clash this season.
The game produced some great clutch hitting by both sides, with Harrington, Alan Collins and Scott Kerr leading the Brewer offence.
Now with a 9-1 record, Ballarat will meet lowly North West Titans at Melton next Sunday before returning to Prince of Wales for a pre-Christmas contest with Footscray.
DIVISION THREE: Ormond Glenhuntly 10 d Ballarat Brewers 6
RESERVES: Ormond Glenhuntly 4 d Ballarat Brewers 2