Hawkesbury Hawks fly into Sydney baseball grand finals

GOOD WORK: Steve Collins and Grant Findley share a laugh during the G3 North win over Quakers Hill. Picture: Geoff Jones
GOOD WORK: Steve Collins and Grant Findley share a laugh during the G3 North win over Quakers Hill. Picture: Geoff Jones

TWO Hawkesbury Baseball Club teams advanced through the grand final after semi-final wins at the weekend, while all three major league teams will play in the semi-finals this weekend.

Hawkesbury’s G2 and G3 North teams both had upset wins in their semi-finals and will receive a week off, before playing in the grand final on August 13.

The G2 team won 11-3 against Rouse Hill, while the G3 North team won 13-6 against Quakers Hill Silverbacks.

G2’s Marty Mockford said a complete team effort helped them to a comprehensive victory.

He said after Rouse Hill scored three early runs, his team put on 11 unanswered runs.

“It wasn't until the last innings where we managed to get five runs in and make it 11-3,” he said.

“They took an early lead in the first innings, but we came back in the second and made it three all.

“Then after that we slowly started to make ground and score runs.”

Mockford said Rick Upton pitched the entire game, and he was backed up by some brilliant efforts in the field, while Hawkesbury’s batting was on song the entire game.

G3 North’s Katy Kentwell said she was happy her team was able to beat the Silverbacks, who had previously defeated them twice in the regular season.

“Everyone's approach was spot on and had the right attitude,” she said.

“Everyone went in with a relaxed attitude and brought their best.”

She said her team was able to go up 12-0 over four innings, thanks to some excellent fielding, but later in the game, a few errors led to leaked runs.

“Ben Kentwell made five excellent catches deep in the outfield, and there were a couple of other good catches out there too,” she said.

“Ross McFarlane also hit a home run and had a good day with the bat.”

Both the G2 and G3 North teams finished second on the ladder at the end of the regular season.

Hawkesbury’s major league teams enter their semi-finals this weekend, and play at Petersham and Blacktown.