Baseball: Rampant Port Melbourne halted only by mercy rule

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PORT Melbourne’s women’s baseball team scored its second consecutive win of the season in the top division of the Victorian Summer League on Saturday, beating Melbourne 19-5.

Only the mercy rule, which prevents more than seven runs from being scored in an innings, stopped  Port Melbourne from winning by an even bigger margin.

They opened with seven runs in the first inning   and they hit a further seven in the fourth inning.

Port Melbourne assistant coach Mel Gregory, who stepped in as coach for  Vic Brown, said she was very pleased with the decisive win, especially as their best catcher and best pitcher were unavailable.

“It was a particularly good one given we only had nine players and we weren’t at full-strength,” she said. “We had two players who were playing only their second game of baseball ever yesterday.’’

Gregory said the manner in which her team went about the victory impressed her most.

“We scored consistently all the way through the game,” she said. “Hitting the maximum of seven runs in two innings was very good and we scored runs in every innings which was very pleasing.”

Port Melbourne plays Footscray next week and Gregory said the team was feeling confident.

“We have a good mix of experienced players, some of whom have played more than 200 games for the club, and some brand new players. It’s a good combination.”

St Kilda won 13-8 against

Bonbeach in Division 2 of the men’s competition.

Coach Adam Franks said a more positive mentality had helped. “Last week we made a lot of errors and sort of fell away and let ourselves get down,” he said. “This week we just continued to fight and it always makes a difference.”

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