Congratulations to 1st Grade on another epic grand final, winning 4-3 this year in extra innings to reverse last years result.
Another steller performance from both teams starting pitchers, saw Scott Sartori throw 10 innings and Pirates starter all 11.
In a tight game all the way through, Cards were down 3-0 until the 5th inning, with Nathan Grogan driving in the tying run.
Going into extra innings, it was looking like a case of who blinked first, when skipper Josh Dean brought fresh arm Alex Osborne onto the mound in the top of the 11th. With no-one in the bull pen for Pirates, the prosect of facing a pitcher ready to throw until sunset saw Pirates stumble first and allowed Cards to get runners on for pinch hitter Callen Roberston to drive in to seal the victory.
Many memorable moments throughout this game ensured Illawarra Baseballs showcase event was another classic, both clubs can be immensely proud of their teams efforts.
Cardinals will be further celebrating at the annual presentation night on 15 October 5:30pm at Cringila Hotel. Please advise Jim Longley with numbers so we can make the catering arrangements.