By Fred Wallace
What a thrilling finish the other night to the doubleheader between the touring Australian National Men's Fastball team and the Owen Sound Verge Senior Selects.
The Australians who are based in Milverton in preparation for the ISF Championships coming up in Saskatchewan, came to Duncan McLellan Park and thumped the Selects 8-1 in the opener; a game highlighted by two solid home runs from David Metekingi.
In the opening game defeat, there was something I liked about the Verge Selects, they kept their heads up and played as hard as they could even though the issue was not in doubt.
In game 2, batting against former Crunch fireballer Andrew Kirkpatrick, Matt Lyon homered in the first inning for a 1-0 Owen Sound lead.
In the 2nd and again in the 4th, Adam Dearborn homered for the Selects and the lead was now 3-0.
But almost everybody in the ballpark knew the Aussies were coming back.
In the 7th inning, holding a narrow 3-2 lead, the jitters got to the Selects and the Australians managed to load the bases with just 1 out.
It was only a matter of moments, I thought , before the Australians would get the sweep.
However, a foul ball into rightfield was snared on the run by Selects fielder Aaron Fraser for the second out and then he fired a bullet to the plate where catcher Frank Lang applied the tag to complete the double play and get Owen Sound the victory.
A meaningless exhibition game ? Far from it based on the reaction from the Verge Selects who go right back into international play tonight at 7 pm when they host New Zealand at Duncan McLellan Park.
See you there.
I'm Fred Wallace